Hi there! Because the forum you originally posted in is for beginners trying to learn the basics of Photoshop, I moved your question to the Photoshop General Discussion forum, where you'll get more specialized help.
Older versions of software may not have the new Pantone+ libraries, so you'll need to copy the new libraries over to your older software.
The Pantone+ swatches load correctly into the "Color Swatches" folder.
But they are not showing up in the "Color Books" folder within the PhotoshopCS5 presets folder. This appears to be where the duotones pull the colors from.
We have the Pantone Color Manger app and have exported all the fan decks as LAB. Just cannot get them to talk to the Duotone "tool" within Photoshop CS5
Color books and color swatches are 2 different things.
If you want to use the color books and color references, you need to install the color book files.
Ok, but let's get into the brass tacks here:
Need to figure out how to create DUOTONES using PANTONE+ colors using PHOTOSHOP CS5. We are digging try to figure out how to make it work. We can see all the Pantone+ profiles inside the COLOR SWATCHES" folder within presets.
We straddle between vendors who either have old software or printers with new colors so we need to make this happen someohow from CS5.
Ignore the swatches - you're not using the swatches.
Copy the Color Books like I said.
Thanks Chris but it still is not working. We copied all of the COLOR BOOKS from a version of CS6 to CS5. The Pantone 336+ colors are not showing up. And not all of the files built with the old colors are "not readable". This is an isane loop. Are there detailed instructions anywhere? Pantone's technical support manager told me to come to this forum.
There are no detailed instructions.
We tested this, and other users tested it -- all it takes to use the new colors is copying the new books into the presets folder of the older application versions. The new .acb files work back to CS2.
Again this morning we ran into problems:
• We are placing a monotone image into an Illustrator CS5 file (loaded with PANTONE+ Solid Coated.ase).
• The Photoshop file we are attempting to place is built using PMS 299.
• Photoshop CS5 has the Pantone+Coated.acb file in the presets folder.
BUT..still..and again...the file is "unreadable". We are desperate for help.
Is there anywhere to download the "lates" preset acb files?
You keep pining for functionality that's in the current shipping version of the product... Apparently you're putting great effort into it.
Have you considered, instead of spending all that time and creating stress, just upgrading to the current version?
I'm not being critical of you - it's just that sometimes people get so caught up in trying to make a particular approach work to that they spend far more than they'd shell out to move up to a new version that just works.
Thanks Noel. But we do not only work with files we create. A great number of vendors and clients for various reasons have CS5 or have inherited design files built in CS5. It doesnt seem to work any better with CS6.
The Pantone+ files should work just fine in CS6.
And the latest ACB files are included with CS6, and would need to be copied to previous versions' preset folders.
But you keep telling us to copy the folders and we keep responding that they have been copied. Have you actually tried placing a duotone image PSD in illustrator?
Yes, and it worked after copying the ACB files to the older software (we tested that before shipping them).