We got a print job from our customer on PDF. Probably created in Word. It's about 3/4 color and the rest black and white. Problem is, Word creates "rich black" which triggers a color impression on our color copier. If it were done in InDesign and done correctly, it would just be K and the copier would recognize that and give us a black click only. Obviously, color clicks cost a lot more than black clicks so I want to be able to specify say pages 50-53, 58-59, 66-78 etc and convert just those pages to actual greyscale so that the machine will recognize as greyscale and give us a black click. Is that possible?
Acrobat Pro X 10.1.7 on OSX 10.8
I've created Preflight > Fixup's for this scenerio a couple times.
I found that if the document space (or type?) was rgb, than as shown will not work. I have a version for rgb, but just converted the document to cmyk when I last ran it.
Fixups seem to apply to the whole document. (@Adobe - why??? Let me define a page range in that page range box)
Swapping pages from one to the other after use would be necessary, but cheaper than Pitstop for occasional use.
I would expect that the copier, driven by a RIP, will allow page ranges to be defined as cmyk or gray.
With our Fiery I use mixed media to define grayscale within a mixed job. (Mixed media is not available if imposing within the RIP however)
Ahhhhh. I think you might be onto something with the Fiery options. I've got the Command Workstation... so basically, what you are saying is in that area under Media, you can specify which pages exactly you want to print in greyscale and we should get a greyscale click!? That would be fricken awesome if that's what it will do and it looks like that's the ticket.
Can you confirm? Thanks!
Edit - Just tried it out. AWESOME! Thank you so much for pointing that out. We just recently got a new machine with a Fiery rip (Previoiusly had a CREO) and I'm still getting used to the Command Workstation even though it's fairly similar to the CREO software. Thanks again. Lifesaver!
Glad to help you out Twitch - I'm familiair with you from the ID forums.
I use Mixed Media for defining the cover tray of a book, slip sheets between sets (or post inserting a cover), in addition to forcing gray.