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Improve Table Shading Preview Onscreen

Dec 20, 2013 2:53 PM

Tags: #framemaker #fill #tables #rows #shading

Is there a way to improve the onscreen preview for tables with fill or shading set to less than 100%? I have a corporate template for a long user manual. Their warning/caution tables have a 30% fill of a pantone color to achieve their shading effect. The 30% (or any %) makes the shading appear like a dot pattern. That pattern makes it very hard to read the content in the cell (only onscreen preview -- PDF or printed output is find).


I am in FrameMaker 11.02.384, Windows.


I have searched Google and this forum for information or advice, but have come up empty.


If I can't get it, or if there is no workaround, I'll try to find a gray that matches this level of tint/color at a 100% shading value.



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    Dec 20, 2013 5:59 PM   in reply to Chris Dunn

    Does the color need to be visible to a print shop as a named Pantone color? Library color names do survive into Ps output (dunno about PDF). User defined names might, but won't be in the print shop's library.


    If color control by name is not required ...


    Define a new color which, at 100% tint, is actually 30% of that color.


    For example, Frame says that Pantone 329 CVC is

    100%C 0%M 47%Y 47%K


    Edit the name in View > Color > Definitions to:

    Pantone 329 CVC 30%

    30%C 0%M 14.1%Y 14.1%K

    [ Add ]

    Use it at 100%.


    If you do need color management of user defined CMYK colors, well, Frame isn't the ideal tool.

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    Dec 20, 2013 9:11 PM   in reply to Chris Dunn



    If you want to be able to work easier with the shaded tables, use the Color Views to set the specific Pantone colour to be invisible in one of th color views (I would recommend view #6). Then you can easily toggle the shading off by using the shortcut <esc> v 6 and toggle the shading back on using <esc> v 1. The shortcuts work at the book level too for all files in the book. No need to tweak the colour.


    If you still want to be able to see the colours, then Error's suggestion of using a custom 30% tint at 100% in the table cells will also work (however for Pantone Spot colors, just use the tint setting of the base colour and don't play with the CMYK values).

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    Jan 3, 2014 10:39 AM   in reply to Chris Dunn



    You will not be messing with the colours. Creating a tint of Spot colour is exactly what the 30% selection of the full colour in the table fill is supposed to do [it just hasn't been updated/fixed since the last century]. On output in the PDF, the 30% tinted spot colour will show (in the definitions) as a 30% tint of the Spot colour exactly the same way as the table fill 30%.


    I would suggest that the style guide be amended to take this FM quirk into account.

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    Jan 3, 2014 2:20 PM   in reply to Chris Dunn



    Sorry, my bad. I was working in multiple windows and used the wrong name. My apologies.

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