14 Replies Latest reply on Feb 2, 2017 4:35 AM by Test Screen Name

    Pantone color in InDesign CS6

    subaG86

      Hi Folks,

       

      There are lot discussion over there regarding Pantone color library update in InDesign CS6 and it is the correct library and so on. But we still have a confusion over how to use the color and which color output is correct (means LAB color or CMYK color).

       

      We are using Pantone 274 C in InDesign CS6 as shown in below screenshot(picture 1). It seems like purple color (picture2) in InDesign file and the same has been retained in export PDF of High quality settings. This is the setting we used to create PDF for proof stages.

       

      For final stage, we use PDF X-1a setting as per customer requirements. But the color has been changed to dark blue (picture 3) in PDF in PDF X-1/a settings.

       

      Please confirm which one is original color (dark blue or purple).

       

       

      Picture 1:

      Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 11.13.34 AM.png

       

      Picture 2:

       

      Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 11.15.20 AM.png

       

      Picture 3:

       

      Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 11.15.25 AM.png

        • 1. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
          rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Is the color printing as an extra spot color or is it getting converted to CMYK on export via Ink Manager? If it's the latter you would expect some color shifting as the color is converted to CMYK depending on the document's assigned CMYK profile and the color settings' conversion options.

          • 2. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
            subaG86 Level 1

            Hi Rob,

             

            In High quality settings, there is 'No color conversion' used in Output option. But in PDF X-1/a settings, color conversion is activated by default in the settings. That's why, it changes to dark blue. My doubt is that which one is original Pantone color, purple or dark blue.

             

            If I'm anything wrong in your understanding, please advise.

             

            High Quality settings:

             

            Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 7.33.57 PM.png

             

            PDF X-1/a settings:

             

            Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 7.34.06 PM.png

            • 3. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
              Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

              (Edit for spelling) The crucial question for you is whether you intend to print with a Pantone spot colour (5 colour job perhaps). If not, avoid designing with a spot colour.

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              • 4. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Your Pantone's Color Type is set to Spot, so Output>Color Conversion would have no affect on the spot color. Spot colors always export as an extra plate and show as an extra plate in Separation Preview:

                 

                Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 9.23.30 AM.png

                 

                To convert spot colors to CMYK process you have to use Ink Manager. What you are describing seems to indicate the color is set to process in Ink Manager. Is the color going to be printed on an extra plate or not?

                 

                Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 9.24.13 AM.png

                • 5. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                  subaG86 Level 1

                  Yes, It is an extra plate. I'm getting two kind of color output in PDF in two different export settings. But the color is still a Pantone with spot plate. Please see below the Pantone color shows in PDF of Output preview mode.

                   

                  We didn't set any color conversion (spot to process) in Ink Manager and it is not required too.

                   

                  High quality settings: Purple color output

                  Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 10.43.32 AM.png

                   

                  PDF X-1/a settings: Dark blue color output

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 10.43.53 AM.png

                  • 6. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                    Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                    If it's an extra plate then surely the screen preview colour is of little importance?

                     

                    What's probably happened is that the alternate colour (IE the screen preview colour) has been converted from Lab to CMYK with a loss of gamut, because of using the old and limited PDF/X-1a.

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                    • 7. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                      rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      Which version of Acrobat? Acrobat X and XI had some color management preview problems that have been fixed with D.C. A spot color's preview would have no affect on the plate output

                      • 8. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                        rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        What's probably happened is that the alternate colour (IE the screen preview colour) has been converted from Lab to CMYK with a loss of gamut, because of using the old and limited PDF/X-1a.

                        Just checked this in AcrobatDC and the X-1a preview of Lab spots is indeed different, but Object Inspector shows no difference in the color specification. Here's X-1a top vs. X4 bottom

                        x1a.png

                         

                        x4.png

                        • 9. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                          The object inspector isn't showing the alternate colour space, or the tint transform function. These are what are used to show the on screen colour, so you can't see if (as I speculate) they changed from Lab to CMYK.

                          • 10. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                            subaG86 Level 1

                            Yes, I have checked in Acrobat DC and there is no difference in color. It exactly the purple color in both the PDFs output (high quality vs. Pdf x/1a).

                             

                            Can you please confirm again whether the preview issues does not affect in printed output?

                            • 11. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                              rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                              The object inspector isn't showing the alternate colour space, or the tint transform function.

                              Right, I was only using Object inspector to show that there's no difference in the separation output.

                              • 12. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                                rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                Can you please confirm again whether the preview issues does not affect in printed output?

                                 

                                If the output is to a spot plate separation the preview has no affect on the separation.

                                 

                                If you are printing to a composite printer or forcing a conversion to CMYK process color you might see a difference because you would no longer be printing the actual Pantone solid ink.

                                • 13. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                                  rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  Yes, It is an extra plate.

                                  Then the reference should be to the printed Pantone swatch. It will be up to the press person to correctly mix the ink and get the density right.

                                   

                                  The newer Pantone + solid libraries all use Lab values for screen display, which give a more accurate screen preview particularly for out-of-gamut colors, but the screen display still won't be as reliable as the swatch assuming the ink is mixed and printed correctly.

                                  • 14. Re: Pantone color in InDesign CS6
                                    Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                    If you are printing using a printing press - not a printer - then the person running the press will buy or mix a bucket of ink in the Pantone colour you chose. This goes with the buckets of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink, and us why it is called five colour printing. On many digital printers and all desktop printers the screen colour is used. You MUST KNOW WHAT PRINTING TECHNOLOGY IS USED. Talk to your printer.