Everyone's monitor is going to display the colour a slightly different shade, not all monitors are calibrated to view colour accurately.
What are your PDF settings by the way, it's probably possible to get them looking as they should in Acrobat on your computer. But I think it would be a tough battle to get that across all computer monitors and devices.
What PDF viewer are you using? Preview? Adobe Reader? Adobe Acrobat? Preview would definitely not cut it.
The issue is less the document displaying the same for everyone. I'm more concerned that the colour in InDesign looks different than the colour when exported (on the same screen).
As for PDF setting, I'm using the default High Quality Print setting. I've tried changing around the colour settings in the Output tab when creating a PDF but so far have no luck.
I'm using Acrobat X Pro.
When I try to make a solid using the logo's colour (Pantone 655 U),...
This document is meant to be viewed on screen, so I would ideally like to have it display properly.
What CS version are you using?
Make sure you've checked Use Standard Lab Colors in Ink Manager under the Swatches panel in ID. If the document is going to be strictly for screen viewing there's no need to use spot colors so it might help to convert them to process RGB. If you want to stay with spot colors then export PDF/X-4 and the colors will display correctly in both Preview and Acrobat
It looks like your AI swatch is using a different color definition for the spot color so it's previewing differently in ID. You want the defintion to be the Pantone book Lab value over in AI (Lab 9|1|-21 for 655U)
I seemed to have figured it out. I changed the swatch in AI from Spot to Process - so far everything is behaving!
Thank you for your help! By the way, do you know if any of this will affect the way it prints? Thanks again.
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do you know if any of this will affect the way it prints
Do you mean on an offset press or some kind of composite printer?
On an offset press spot colors are run on a separate plate so the spot color defintion (Lab or CMYK) is strictly for preview and has no effect on spot output. Lab almost always produces a more accurate preview.
When you convert the color to process the color will be color managed by your document color profiles—it will be no different than if you made a new color swatch.
Perfect. Thank you for your help.
Indesign doesn't interpret pantone colors the way Illustrator does, but there is a work around. In Illustrator, convert the pantone to CMYK or RGB before putting it into the Indesign document. This will allow the graphic to display correctly in PDF. If the docuement is meant to be viewed on a screen or printed on a home or office printer, this should work for you.
In Illustrator, convert the pantone to CMYK or RGB before putting it into the Indesign document. This will allow the graphic to display correctly in PDF.
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By default both AI and InDesign CS6 and later display the new Pantone Solid libraries as Lab values, so the preview of Pantone colors is no longer restricted to the considerably smaller CMYK color gamut, which would force a change in appearance
If you export as PDF/X-4 you will get the full gamut display of all Pantone + Solid colors. Here is an example of 3 out-of-gamut colors, that significantly change when you convert them to CMYK.
Exported to PDF/X-4 and viewed Acrobat Reader