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Can Illustrator handles swatches defined in LAB

Dec 14, 2012 10:06 AM

I have a set of process color swatches which I defined as LAB colors. I use them mostly in InDesign. This morning I opened them as a swatch library in Illustrator for the first time. The CMYK numbers are significantly different from what they are in InDesign. Both documents have the same color management policies/rendering intent.  I know that there is no "LAB mode" in Illustrator (will that ever happen???) but I'm surprised that it translates the LAB>CMYK in a different fashion than does InDesign. Am I missing something?  I guess the solution would be to remake my swatches defining them as CMYK colors. However, that somewhat defeats my original plan: define the swatches in LAB so they will get translated as accurately as possible in different programs.


I'm using CS4 on a Mac.

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    Dec 14, 2012 12:59 PM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    You can define swatches by LAB.....




    I can't really comment on how AI may import a library constructed of only LAB colors.

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    Dec 14, 2012 1:52 PM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    The LAB definition stays intact in any color mode and color space if the swatch is defined as a spot color only. Double click on a swatch, set the Color Type as Spot Color and for Color Mode choose Lab. In this way no matter what the color space your document is and will be if converted, the spot color will always be defined with the same Lab values. Otherwise regardless what sliders Lab, CMYK, RGB, HSB, Grayscale, etc you use to select a color,  the color is recorded in the file either with the CMYK or RGB  values depending on the color mode and color profile of the document.

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    Jan 3, 2013 4:37 PM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    As a last step in your workflow you could do the conversion to Process using the Ink Manager in Acrobat.

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