2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2014 12:40 AM by Laubender

    Ink Areas


      Does anybody have a script for calculating the area of a spot or seperation in in indesign, for litho ink consumption?

      I am not after ink saturation percentages, I need total area within the printable confines.

        • 1. Re: Ink Areas
          Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

          Is this something you could do manually and if so how?

          • 2. Re: Ink Areas
            Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            @Trevor – if you want it accurate this can only be calculated by counting pixels in the rendered highres 1-bit image that is used for platesetting when all transparency is flattened, all color management, all the screening is done and the colors are separated.


            If you want a well-informed guess, I would recommend the following steps:


            1. Output to PDF with simulate overprinting

            2. Render the PDF in PhotoShop to pixels

            3. Evaluate the pixels with the statistic tools there*


            * Don't ask me if this can be done by ExtendScript (but you could ask the folks in the PhotoShop Scripting Forum)