Colour the cheap wayfidel (334 pencils) | Thu, 2005-11-03 13:43
Two tips that relate to the same problem.
Sometimes your client wants colour but he/she hesitates about the cost of a full colour print. The only option you have left is use a spot colour (Pantone). But it's limiting your creativity. Well sometimes InDesign helps you being creative by giving you some options.
First of all you create a spot coluor in your swatches. Click on the litle black triangle of the swatches pane and select 'New Colour swatch'. In the colour type option choose 'Spot Colour', in the colour mode choose a Pantone colour model you want (I selected 'solid coated). That's that. Your can recognice the spot colour because in the little square after your new colour there is a circle, there isn't one if you chose the process colour type.
Now place a B/W picture in your document. There are two ways of colourising the picture. In the example on the left I selected the frame and clicked on the spot colour I wanted. The spot colour is applied to the highlights of your picture (in fact the colour has been applied to your pictureframe. In the second example I selected the pictureframe but instead of clicking on my colour I clicked and dragged the colour and dropped it on the frame. This time the shadowparts of the picture are colourized.
Next problem is the use of the spot colour in different shades with the black swatch. Very difficult and impossible in Quark (I believe).
In InDesign you can create a whole new library of colours based on a spot colour, it is called 'mixed ink group'. Be sure you have already a spot colour in your swatch, then again go to the little black triangle and select the option 'New mixed ink group'.
You get the dialogue box above. Select the two colours you want to mix by clicking in front of them.
The options fo each colour become available. Play around with these options and at the bottom you can preview the result of the new mixed swatches.
Sometimes InDesign indicates that your settings aren't quite correct, when you get this message, click ok and InDesign will do the work for you.
When you're happy with the result click Ok and the result will be a whole bunch of mixed inks that you can play with in your layout. You also use these mixed inks with picture tip.
What would life be without colour?
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