We are going to take a break from the usual format of this column to answer some questions that I've been getting from readers.
In my last column, we examined the procedure of properly converting spot colors into accurate process color equivalents within Adobe Illustrator.
This month we will continue our exploration of spot color conversions, this time using Adobe InDesign
This is the second in John Nate's series on spot color, which began in the July/August 2010 issue.
In the newspaper industry you will seldom, if ever, be called upon to actually print a spot color on-press using spot color ink as part of a 4-color process job. Instead, what you will need to do is to accurately convert to 4-color, proof and print colors that have been defined as spot colors by your customers.
The world of newspaper production falls within two broad categories when color is involved: two-color reproduction and 4-color CMYK reproduction.
In my last two columns, I demonstrated several techniques used to edit ICC profiles. Now, while profile editing is no substitute for accurate device calibration, it can be a great asset when you find that you need to squeeze that last little bit of accuracy out of your proofing system.
Welcome back to the wonderful world of ICC Profile editing. In last month's article, I presented an overview of the more common edits that can be made to ICC profiles. This month, we'll examine some of the less-often-used editing tools available in most of the profile editing packages.
I've run into the problem time and time again throughout my career as a color management consultant: The client has done everything correctly - by the book. The monitor is correctly calibrated, the environmental lighting is correct, the output device is properly calibrated for the ink and media combination being used, all ICC profiles were carefully built and the workflow is perfect. There's only one problem: nothing matches! The reason? Check the math.
Throughout the past year we have explored the processes needed to produce accurate soft- and hard-copy proofs using Adobe Photoshop and soft proofs using Adobe InDesign. In this, the final installment of the series, we will examine how to produce a color-accurate hard-copy proof using InDesign. Fortunately, with all of the preparation we have done over the past year, this process is fairly straightforward.