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InDesign color management workflow help

May 1, 2012 8:54 AM

Tags: #color #indesign #management #workflow #swop #press



I recently had to create a 60 page color booklet for a University on a very tight schedule. The booklet was to be printed to press. I was not given any specifics as to the output specifics.


So, I was creating vector graphics in Illustrator as CMYK, and importing them in InDesign. And receieving e-mail with bitmat images in formats from JPG, TIFF, PDF, PNG. and I would place them directly into InDesign. If I had to do any photoshoping of a picture, I would conver the sRGB original to CMYK.


I have been reading discussion about color management workflow. But I am still not clear what I should have been doing with the roughly 100 image files sent me to be in the booklet?


Somewhere I read the way I did it was okay, as long as I let InDesign handle image conversion on the output? Is this correct? When I went to make my Package for the printer, I did get the Triangle "warning" that some images were sRGB. The PDFs looked great.


What should I have done as all these images came in? It was a crazy deadline. I can't imagine having to open every image in Photoshop -Convert to CMYK-Adjust colors and resave and import?


And what do you do if you don't know the specific output printer? I default to SWOP.


So, will InDesign, convert any incorrect (sRGB etc) images on the final output to the proper colorspace to be printed properly?





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    May 1, 2012 10:27 AM   in reply to Picturequest

    InDesign will convert RGB to CMYK when you're exporting as PDF files IF (big IF) you choose PDF/X-1a as your PDF preset. Some of the other PDF presets (e.g., Press Quality) don't do this conversion. Their color conversion setting is No Conversion.


    SWOP is a reasonable output assuming your printer didn't give you a customized CMYK profile to install with instructions to install it (most North American printers don't do this).

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    May 1, 2012 1:19 PM   in reply to Picturequest

    PDF/X-3 will also support converting RGB to CMYK. PDF/X-4 does no color conversion. It's useful when the printer's RIP will handle the color management.

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