For some reason I can no longer export .pdf files from Illustrator and Indesign in CMYK color modes. That is, the file will export, but it always ends up as an RGB file. I've tried exporting the file using the PDF/X 1a preset with the same result. I've also tested saving my files in Illustrator to a .pdf file and those are always saved with the same working RGB color profile.
Does anyone know why this would happen and what I can do so I can create CMYK PDF files again? This is driving me crazy and I need to send art (created in InDesign) to the printer in CMYK colorspace.
I am working on a Mac. My operating system is OSX version 10.6.8. Thanks!
Thanks for your response Steve. I have restored the InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge preferences on startup of each program and have also deleted the .ai prefs file and am still having the same problem.
I just uploaded a test indesign file along with the exported .pdf file. Below is the link to my drop box account. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xmqyrgkqxyxzzy3/ZYHjvEp0yj. Thanks so much!
Okay, so even though the Advance Print Setup box in Acrobat shows the color profile as Working RGB I don't need to be concerned?
One more question... where do I go in acrobat to see the CMYK color values that Bob saw? I'm having trouble locating that. Thanks!
Look in Output Preview in Acrobat Pro.
In Acrobat X Pro, that's Tools > Print Production > Output Preview [you'll need to use the Tools options menu to display Print Production panel]
In Acrobat 9 Pro, that's Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview.
Photoshop's default color space is RGB so that's not significant.
The Advanced Print Setup doesn't refer to the colors in the PDF file.
Also, If I open the same file in Photoshop, the import box shows that the mode is RGB. This usually shows as CMYK which is why I'm so confused!
When you open a PDF in PS the color mode in the Mode pop-up defaults to the choice you made last time a PDF was opened. The Mode doesn't indicate the mode of the PDF (which might contain a mix of objects with different color spaces), it's giving a choice of modes to convert the PDF into (a PS image can only have one mode).
Keep in mind Acrobat's Output Preview isn't showing you the mode of the page objects, it's showing the numbers that will be output if the Simulation Profile is chosen as the destination profile at print time. To find out the color mode of the page objects use Preflight.
If you exported as PDF/X-1a everything has to be CMYK or spot—the x-1a standard doesn't allow RGB colors. By default the simulation profile that shows in Output Preview when you open a PDF/X-1a is the PDF's output intent, so if you export with the destination profile as Document CMYK, the values you see in ID's Sep Preview and Acrobat's Output Preview will match.
Ooooh!! Okay, thanks for that information Rob. So, in the future, if I wanted a cmyk .pdf file to remain in that format, I would simply need to change the mode from RGB to CMYK when the import dialogue box pops up correct?
You do realize the screen capture you are showing is the the color management of the print window. And applies to your printing, and is independent of the color settings that you would use for exporting to PDF.
Rasterizing a PDF/importing into photoshop, the settings including color mode are based on previous selection, not driven by the file.
For separation preview In Acrobat > Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview
My response was to post #9 which was the last of page 1, and did not notice the thread had grown to page 2. And after reviewing page 2 of thread, realize that your issues had been answered. Sorry for posting redundant info.
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