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Getting a semi-transparent graphic onto a spot plate in InDesign CS6

Apr 5, 2013 12:19 PM

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.

SpotTrans.jpg

 
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    Apr 5, 2013 12:59 PM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    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.

     
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    Apr 5, 2013 1:04 PM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    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.

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Apr 5, 2013 1:46 PM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    Thanks for reply, but I think this loses me all transparency?

    Make your grayscale file a transparent Monotone like this:

     

    Screen shot 2013-04-05 at 4.29.53 PM.png

     

    In ID fill the background of the image frame with black:

     

    Screen shot 2013-04-05 at 4.30.39 PM.png

     

    Screen shot 2013-04-05 at 4.30.44 PM.png

     
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    Apr 5, 2013 9:38 PM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    Maybe I am missing something. Possible after a couple screwdrivers...

     

    Why not make a monotone using your Pantone color in PS and simply load it into ID?

     

    Take care, Mike

     

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  • Rob Day
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    Apr 8, 2013 3:48 AM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    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

     
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    Apr 8, 2013 6:14 AM   in reply to Brighton Lance

    capture-000213.png

     

    Mike

     
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