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Synchronize a colour between Illustrator and QuarkXPress

Apr 1, 2013 8:15 AM

Situation: A graphic is created in Illustrator CS6. The graphic is monochrome (one CMYK colour). The graphic is placed as EPS in a QuarkXPress 9 document. In that document, some native XPress elements (e.g. lines, coloured text) shall match the colour of the Illustrator graphic.

 

Now the problem: This is a newsletter which is issued periodically. In each issue, that special colour will be different.

 

Question: Is there a possibility to define this colour in Illustrator and in XPress in a way that when its CMYK values are redefined in XPress, that new definition will also be applied to the placed Illustrator graphic, without having to open and change the graphic file manually? (The idea is that the end user will work only in XPress and doesn't have to touch Illustrator. Actually, he doesn't even have Illustrator.)

 

(PS: Yes, I'll ask the same question in an Quark forum, too.)

 
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:26 AM   in reply to John Smith for example

    Specify the color as global in Illustrator in he swatcdhes palette, amek sure all your strokes and fills are aassigned the gloabl color.

     

    On the future you need just edit the values in Illustrator,  the cmyk values will update in quark when you import or update the link.

     
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    Apr 1, 2013 8:41 AM   in reply to John Smith for example

    You could save your art as a grayscale tiff in Photoshop and apply the color in Quark. Normally I would try to keep vectors whenever possible, but depending what your art looks like, and if you choose an appropriate resolution, a tiff will look ok.

     
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    Apr 2, 2013 4:54 AM   in reply to Luke Jennings

    Luke is right, grayscale tiff is the only way you wil make this work.

     
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    Apr 2, 2013 6:27 AM   in reply to CHMprepress

    There is another option that will maintain vectors I just remembered. You will need to invert your logo so everything you want to print in the variable color will be transparent. Save it as a PDF compatible .ai file. Quark 8 and 9 will let you place an .ai file saved this way. Quark 7 will place a .PDF. Quark will let you change the color of a box but will only let you change the color of the item in the box if it's a greyscale tiff. So what you can do is place your transparent .ai file into Quark and change the color of the box showing through the item. When exported as a PDF or postscript, the vectors will be preserved.

    Quark color.jpg

     
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    Apr 3, 2013 7:27 AM   in reply to John Smith for example

    Save as .eps or .pdf from quark, place that in illustrator, you will then add any new swatches or get an option about merging swatch colors with same name. If you end up with 2 different color swatches for the same color, use swatch flyout menu >> merge colors.

     
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