2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2012 4:00 AM by Peter Spier

    Preflight Help in InDesign CS5


      I am having a problem in InDesign with image errors in the preflight. It says, "content generates cyan, magenta, or yellow plate", it then says I must fix them to a CMYK. The company I am designing this for requires I use RGB images. So, my question is this, do I have to change these images, or are they fine in RGB? If not fine in RGB how do I fix them and what will this do to the fact that they need to be RGB?


      Thanks so much,

      Carmella Mae Dunkin

        • 1. Re: Preflight Help in InDesign CS5
          Dave Merchant MVP & Adobe Community Professional

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          • 2. Re: Preflight Help in InDesign CS5
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            That's only an issue if you are printing using Black ink only. Preflight presumes that you are going to print on a press where you have only CMYK and Spot inks available, so your RGB images would need conversion at some point in time. That conversion can be done before placing, during export, or in the Printer's RIP. This makes it not terribly helpful for RGB workflows as it won't differentiate between RGB conversion and "real CMYK" when looking at the sparations (plates) that would be generated.


            Below that check is one called Color Spaces and Modes Not Allowed that you could use to flag anything that's really in CMYK, but this is going to generate even more "errors" since everything defined as [Black] is in CMYK mode. It is safe to ignore those warnings, too, unless they apply to an element like a graphic or image that must be RGB (this is really the only way I know for Live Preflight to kick out warnings about CMYK images in an RGB workflow). The old preflight is still there (the first screen in File > Package is really the old Preflight), and it will list images, along with their color spaces, but won't tell you about native objects created in ID.


            The bottom line here is if your printer asked for RGB images, that's what you should send. All will be fine.