2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2013 7:36 AM by rob day

    Spot to CMYK and PDF setup

    madameblossom Level 1

      I use Indesign CS6 on Mac. My document has been set up in Pantone colours which I want to change to CMYK for printing. When I go to Ink manager and set up 'Use standard Lab values for Spots' will that automatically change all spot colours to CMYK?

       

      The 'All Spots to Process' box is greyed out. Is that OK?

       

      This is how the swatch palette looks. The Pantone colours are shown as LAB colours I think? Are the icons next to the Pantone correct to print CMYK?

      Screen Shot 2013-03-08.jpg

       

      Then when I go to export to PDF and select 'High Quality Print' should I also select PDF/X-4:2010?

      Will that setting automatically convert spot colurs to CMYK even if they are not converted within InDesign?

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Spot to CMYK and PDF setup
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          Spot colors are only converted if YOU do the conversion.

           

          If the convert all spots to process box is grayed out it could indicate a problem. Does it remain grayed out if you select one of the spots in the ink manager?

          • 2. Re: Spot to CMYK and PDF setup
            rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            When I go to Ink manager and set up 'Use standard Lab values for Spots' will that automatically change all spot colours to CMYK?

            No. In CS6 Use Lab Values has no effect when you use the installed Pantone libraries—the colors are always displayed as Lab.

             

            If you want CMYK display and output use the Pantone + Color Bridge or Pantone process libraries.