3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2016 10:02 AM by rob day

    Spot and process inks

    myrthev73477725

      Hello, (my english is not that good, but i try to explain my question)

       

      For a corporate identity i've used 2 spot colors. When I try to make a package, i see in the package summary:

       

      Schermafbeelding 2016-11-20 om 16.57.17.png

       

      My question is: I only used 2 spot colors, why does it say 4 process inks; 2 spot inks? Is this a problem?

       

      Hopefully someone understands my question.

        • 1. Re: Spot and process inks
          Derek Cross Level 6

          Bare in mind, that the client's corporate identity will sometimes have no alternative but to be printed in black and white, greyscale or CMYK.

          • 2. Re: Spot and process inks
            rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            My question is: I only used 2 spot colors, why does it say 4 process inks; 2 spot inks? Is this a problem?

            There is at least one object in your file using CMYK inks. It could be a process color (CMYK, RGB, or Lab) set to a 0% tint, something like this where I have a rectangle set to [Black] at 0%:

             

            Screen Shot 2016-11-20 at 12.44.41 PM.png

             

            If the rectangle is filled with [Paper] there are no process inks used:

             

            Screen Shot 2016-11-20 at 12.45.01 PM.png

             

             

             

            You can set up a Preflight Profile that will flag all objects using process inks. Like this

             

            Screen Shot 2016-11-20 at 12.47.09 PM.png

            • 3. Re: Spot and process inks
              rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Also, before you preflight you should remove any process colors from the document. From the Swatches panel choose Add Unnamed Colors, and then delete all the swatches that don't have a spot color icon. If any of the process swatches are in use you'll be asked to choose a replacement and you can replace with one of your spots.