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color conversions from Illustrator to Indesign

Feb 8, 2013 3:02 PM



If an illustrator vector art has a color built (let's say Lt Blue  C30/M0/Y5/K0) and it was placed in Indesign then changing the color in Indesign to become  C32/M0/Y5/K0. (The only difference Cyan now is 32)


Will Indesign know how to separate the colors accurately based on this new color built or will it default to the original color from the vector art?


Does anyone have an answer?




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    Feb 8, 2013 3:09 PM   in reply to stam168

    What you see in the ID separations Preview is waht you'll get (except in the case of placed .eps and export or print to postscript).

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    Feb 8, 2013 3:20 PM   in reply to stam168



    And as a practical matter, 2% difference in density is probably within the margin of error or expected drift over a press run and is unliley to be dectable to most people.

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  • Rob Day
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    Feb 9, 2013 11:27 AM   in reply to stam168

    When I check the Lt Blue break down in Indesignk swatch palette, it was the correct ones

    If an Illustrator color was added to the ID Swatches panel, it had to be defined as a spot color when the file was placed or updated. If you want to see the actual document CMYK and spot color output values check the placed object's values via Separation Preview panel. The Swatches panel doesn't necessarily show you output values—the swatch might not be used in the document.

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