I'm struggling to get elements of a design onto the fifth colour plate in my InDesign file. Example is shown below. I have made a number of rough-edged strips that retain an element of semi-transparency along their edges (so that the background shows through slightly and gives a brushed/painted on effect). The client needs these elements to be on a fifth plate, Pantone 1385.
I have tried making the graphic as a greyscale psd and as a greyscale tiff with transparency included, but I can't seem to select within InDesign using the content tool and making it on the fifth plate in my ID palette.
Have done it as a CMYK psd for time being on example below just to allow me to show the client as a visual.
Can anyone help me? I have also (briefly) explored channels in Photoshop as well but can't make and headway there too. Is there a simple solution?
Many thanks for any advice.
You can select the content with the direct selection tool of an image and color it with any color when:
1. The image has NO LAYERS in Photoshop (onl Background)
2. The image is either bitmap (1-bit-color) or greyscale
It doe not work with layered images, cmyk image or rgb images.
It works only with psd and tiff, not with jpg or png.
Yes, Will's method would not work with transparency.
Start with a grayscale image in Photoshop and create a spot color channel with the Channels panel. This method should work with transparency.
Do a Google search on "Photoshop create spot color channel."
Then save the spot channel image as a PSD and place it into InDesign, and you should have your fifth color.
You're in the wrong dialog. Open your transparent grayscale file and choose Image>Mode>Duotone then set the Type to Monotone and click on the color patch to choose your color. See the first capture in #4
Fab, works very cleanly now I've got it, swatch appearing in InDesign instantly and can use it to apply to other elements like text etc too easily. Am getting the transparency I need on the graphics so all good, many thanks for taking the time to explain.