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abssiddiq
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fourcolor to grayscale

Jul 28, 2012 5:37 PM

Hi Guys

 

I am working in Indesign cs5 and I did the Job for my customer in four color(CMYK) and now they wants me to do this grey scale.

 

How can i convert my existing four color to grey scale in indesign.

 

Thanks

Siddiq

 
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:23 PM   in reply to abssiddiq

    How many pages is your document?

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:33 PM   in reply to abssiddiq

    Hello Siddiq,

     

    If you are giving your customer a PDF, you can convert it to gray scale directly in Acrobat--assuming you have Acrobat.

     

    Mike

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:44 PM   in reply to MW Design

    I wanted to add something. I was assuming that you are on a MAC. On a PC and with Acrobat/Distiller installed, this is a simple task by simply printing to a PS print driver and distilling the .ps file. This is where Dov Issacs is beginning to cringe.

     

    I dig up a thread I remember reading for Mac users:

    http://forums.adobe.com/message/3742321

     

    Take care, Mike

     
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:07 AM   in reply to MW Design

    Printing to .ps (or directly to PDF, which automates the .ps to distiller part on Windows), is the only way you will get composite gray directly from InDesign CS5, but it isn't foolproof. Make sure you have your Appearance of Black preference set to Output All Blacks as Rich Black or you'll wind up with dark gray screened type and other 0,0,0,100 elements. When you output blacks accurately during a conversion, 100% black is reserved for 4-color rich blacks.

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:28 AM   in reply to abssiddiq

    If you need to continue working on the document—not simply convert it—here's a script for OSX that converts the document colors and placed images:

     

    http://www.zenodesign.com/forum/IDConvertAllToGS.zip

     

    There's also this .js script and blog post from Harbs:

     

    http://in-tools.com/article/scripts-blog/convert-colors-to-grayscal-in -indesign/

     
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