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Old 11-10-2005, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default InDesign 4 process inks for mono book

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When I Preflight some of the chapters in a mono black book (in InDesign CS under Mac OSX), I'm getting a message that it's using four process inks. I can find no colour in these chapters. There is one four-colour swatch (white, made up of 0% of each of CMYK), but this swatch also appears in those chapters where Preflight reports just one process ink.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:40 AM   #2
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Odd. Perhaps InDesign has imported text from Word in RGB. That certainly happens in some other programs (eg CorelDraw).
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:00 AM   #3
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Robin,
I didn't know that! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:39 AM   #4
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If that's what had happened, just select it all and convert to black. Do let me know if that was the case so I can add it to my crib sheet
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Could it be the 'register' colour showing up? That's usually defined as all four cmyk plates.

   
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Old 11-11-2005, 02:32 PM   #6
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Ian,
Tempting, but I don't know what you mean. Could you amplify, please?
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I think he means pretty much the same as me: Word files tend to import as RGB or Register (cyan 100, magenta 100, yellow 100, black 100). Just eelect the whole lot and convert the colour to black.
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The colour used to paint crop marks, bleed marks etc. is called 'registration' in InDesign's colour palette. If you make a document containing, say, two Pantone colours, generate a PDF with crop marks then look at the separation preview in Acrobat you'll see the marks are made up of your two Pantones plus all four CMYK colours, even though the latter weren't actually used in the document.

   
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:00 AM   #9
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Ian,
Thank you for explaining that. Is this a problem for a printer? If so, is it still a problem if we supply the application files rather than PDFs?
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I've never had problems with it. Usually the printer will have quoted for one or two colours and will receive prints with the job. If he's daft enough to then make plates of all four cmyk colours, then that's his problem! <g>

Seriously, any printer that doesn't know that cropmarks usually have all four cmyk colours probably should find another career. That said, I'm pretty sure you can tell InDesign to only export the used plates to the PDF if you're still worried about getting too many.

   
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