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Jan 25, 2013 7:16 AM

Tags: #illustrator #indesign #cs6

We are running Creative Suite 6 on our macs here.  When you create a new spot color from the library the alternate color space is in LAB.  We work at a printing company and this doesn't do us very much good.  Is it possible to change this to be CMYK?

 

Thanks for your help!

 
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  • Rob Day
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:36 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    If the color is going to print as a spot why do you want a CMYK definition, there will be no CMYK inks used on press? By default the Pantone and Toyo solid ink libraries are defined as Lab but there's nothing stopping you from converting their definitions to CMYK via the swatches panel.

     

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  • Rob Day
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:50 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    Is there a way to change the default to CMYK instead of LAB like it used to be in all previous versions?

     

    The Use standard lab Values for Spots check box no longer has any effect. Is the problem with  proofing the spot color or outputting separations?

     
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:18 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    So if you change the client's swatch color definition via the swatches panel the imposition works? You could script that change—the script would make the conversion then export the PDF.

     
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:47 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    This AppleScript will change the mode of all spot colors in the active document

     

    tell application "Adobe InDesign CS6"

        set space of every swatch of document 1 whose model is spot to CMYK   

    end tell

     

    You could also combine the color change with a PDF export. I have a template for that if you want it.

     
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:58 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    This asks for a save folder and a PDF preset, makes the conversion, and exports:

     

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

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Jan 29, 2013 11:39 AM   in reply to Bulldawg_29

    Peter Spier posted this article which explains how to get the previous InDesign dual definition Pantone solids

     

    Pantone Plus color libraries

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 11:47 AM   in reply to Rob Day

    Technically, I posted a link to the article, like you.

     
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