You cannot have a tint swatch without the corresponding base swatch, so that's ruled out. You can, however, create an entirely new swatch with the color you required, delete the tint (replacing it with the new one) and then delete the original one.
Thanks for the swift response, I seem to be missinfg something here though.
When I create a new swatch, I'm not getting a Tint option. The only tint option I can see at that stage is at the top of the Swatch panel, which only applies the tint across all the swatches.
So if I create a swatch from a spot colour, at what point do I 'delete the tint' and 'replace it with the new one'?
Well then it can't be done. To get a tint of a spot color, you also need the full color.
They thought that it could not be done,
Some even said they knew it,
But he faced up to what could not be done...
And he couldn't bloody do it!
(from Benny Hill)
Okey dokey... thanks for your help
Yah. I tried but I believe I may have accidentally chosen a process color instead of a spot one. Tints of process colors are transparently converted to the equivalent in CMYK.
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One of the reasons that this is difficult to do in InDesign [impossible?] is because it's not really a good idea:
I have a series of documents using a spot colour, and the powers that be have decided that colour needs to now have a 50% tint on it.
So, this means anything using that swatch will print as a 50% halftone instead of a solid color.
That usually doesn't look good.
You're much better off choosing a different spot colour that looks like 50% of your original base. Or having your printer mix you up one.
Is there a reason your Powers That Be are making this (Seemingly Bad) choice? Are they aware of the ramifications? Do they know what halftoned text looks like?
This is a very good point. Unfortunately decisions like this are generally made by people with no knowledge of the software, and aren't interested in listening to the little people who DO know the software.
The swatch in question will only be used as a background colour, but I think your point is still very valid, and I will try to get this through.
Unfortunately decisions like this are generally made by people with no knowledge of the software,
John's pointing out that it's a printing and not a software problem. If you run a screen then you loose the aesthetic advantage of a solid ink—you might as well run a process build and save the plate cost—there shouldn't be a problem choosing a different ink color.