Hey guys... Got a strange one for you...
I'm needing the postscript an ID document so I can go from colour to Greyscale (Exporting doest give the convert to Greyscale option)
Example Job setup
When I set my custom bleed to be 5mm all around but turn gutter to 0mm
ID does not recognise this setting on recto pages which are on a spread, it includes the bleed...
Can someone please confirm this for me?
It would help if you'd tell us what you're trying to end up with. What is the output that you want?
If you want a grayscale PDF, you don't have to do through all that. In CS6, you can export directly to a grayscale profile. If that's what you want, I can tell you how.
When you set an inside bleed, the individual pages will use the edge of the opposite half of the spread because that's what is showing iun the area you defined as the bleed. If that's not waht you want, either set the inside bleed to zero or "split the spread." see InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Breaking Pages Apart to Bleed Off a Spine
What's the best Grayscale profile to use... for offset printing?
That's like asking "how big is a bread box?" For a sheetfed press on caoted stock I tend to use Dot Gain 20%, but you should probably ask the printer.
You can create a custom gray profile using the Black Ink from your CMYK profile that you would use for that press for grayscale conversions in Photoshop, and ID will give you a better output preview. Edit Color Settings... and in the grayscale dropdown choose "Load Gray" then pick your CMYK profile from the open dialog (you may have to browse to find it). Save the settings file. Bad news is I don't know how to get that converted into a custom ICC profile that you can load and choose in ID. Perhaps Rob knows and will see this.
Ok so apparently we have tried this (I just got back from the states so I'm just hearing about this now).
Using profiles do not convert reliably i.e some gradients from .eps etc etc remain colour despite applying the profile. Making a .PS file was the only ways to know for sure everything converted...
BTW I work with long documents (hundreds of pages) so manually checking is going to make me cry