Design artwork in PS and save as a pdf - I uncheck the embedded profile in the save as dialogue
In the pdf settings box I set the output to convert to ISO Coated v2 (ECI) - the pdf standard is PDF/X-4:2010
Is the color mode of the PS barcode file CMYK and are you sure the barcode on the black plate only.
You don't want any color management downstream so PDF/X-4 isn't the right preset—it includes all profiles even if you uncheck embed profile in the Save dialog. You can use PDF/X-1a which does not include a profile.
You also have to watch out for conversions when you export the page layout. For the pagelayout export you can use PDF/X-4, which will export InDesign native colors and placed objects without a profile as DeviceCMYK.
Yep the barcode is definitely 100k - I think theres a problem with the way i'm exporting from indesign.
I want to keep the ISO coated v2 (ECI) profile for the pdf but maintain the barcode as 100k
Is there a better work path I should be following?
Reading your post more carefully—are you adding the barcode to the Photoshop file or to the InDesign page?
The barcode generator in your link will output an .eps with no profile which opens into Illustrator as black only. You should be able to simply placed the .eps barcode directly on the ID page and not have any conversion problems.
-When I'm ready to export the pdf from ID I set the output to "No colour conversion' and 'Include all profiles'
My printer is coming back to me telling me that the file is not ISO Coated v2 (ECI) and the barcode is made of CMYK not 100K
Is the InDesign document's assigned profile ISO Coated v2 (ECI)? Check Edit>Assign Profiles... not the Color Settings' Working CMYK profile
Thanks for the replies.
I place the .eps straight into the ID template
Just checked and the document seems to be left as CMYK 'Discard (Use current working space)' - should I change this to 'Assign profile'?
You don't want to mix CMYK profiles, so if your printer is asking for ISO Coated v2 (ECI) it should be assigned to your document—if there's no assignment the Color Settings' CMYK Working space is used, which could be any profile. So if you assign ISO Coated v2 (ECI) and export as PDF/X-4, your barcode and InDesign color values will export unchanged.
Thanks for the help!
So I should use edit>assign profile and then what should I select in the PDF export output section?
Thanks so much!
Just tried this and inspected it in Acrobat too and it worked perfectly - great explanation, thanks again