I'm working on multiple (8) versions of a book in InDesign. I'm linking pages from one version (in Design document) to another version (inDesign document). My problem lies in that in one of the versions, a color prints 4c, but in the other version it will print the same color but as a pms spot. Is there a setting where the InDesign document will overide the imported swatches of the linked InDesign document so I can change the imported color from a 4c to a spot whithout changing it in the linked file? I know you can with .ai, psd, etc.... Just not sure if this is possible with an imported InDesign file? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
You probably realise this already but if you could make it fit your workflow you can do it in reverse with Ink Manager..... When I tried (in CS3) a placed Indesign file doesn't bring in it's CMYK swatches so you can't do it then. But if you made the placed the Indesign file with the spot you then turn that spot into a CMYK mix.
I did not create a book, was just placing a indesign page into another indesign page. I have not synchronizing swatches in a Document before, but tried and this did not work? Just so we are on the same page, I want to change a color that prints 4c in the imported doc. to a spot in the main doc., without changing it in the imported file.
Thanks so much for the reply.
Sorry, I misunderstood you and thought you had a book already.
I still think that's going to be the ultimate solution. Make a new book, add all the documents you're extracting page from, then synch the swatches using a file with the right definitions as the source.
WARNING: This will make real, permanent changes to the documents. You might want to use copies instead, then relink the placed pages to the copies after the synching.
You have a cmyk value that you want to convert to a spot - that ain't gonna happen outside of the source, sorry to be blunt. (Edit - you could accomplish this on a pdf file in Acrobat with Pitstop)
You have access to the ID file, not just a pdf; you must have a good reason not to edit the cmyk doc to spot and there are plenty of reasons not to in a perfect - out of your control - enviroment.
btw, you cannot do this with an .ai or .psd link defined cmyk.
I don't want to change my imported file from a placed InDesign to some other format. Making live edits to imported piece all the time and don't want to have to make same changes in different documents. Didn't think it was possible but was hoping someone maybe new something? When I package for printer, I will go into my packaged linked InDesign file and change to spot there.