InDesign / Printing

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Windows > ‘Output’ > ‘Separations Preview’

This menu lets you alter the CMYK channels, turning them on and off, as well as being able to add more.


If you start using the colour swatches properly, the printer will know exactly what to do


Colour swatch > New swatch

Sometimes as a graphic designer we must make the most cost effective


Can use a tint of black rather than a processed colour

‘New Tint Swatch’ > uses a tint of a shade, such as process black.

25% C, M, Y, K

Process colour means it creates a colour out of varying percentages of CMYK


Spot colour is a ready mix of an ink to create a colour

For instance, a metallic coating, luminesce colours, for these you’d add the colour (such as ‘pantone’ metallic) to the 5th roller in the printer.


New layer named ‘metallic’ > new swatch > change from ‘process’ to ‘spot’ > Pantone 784C = metallic > now there’s a new colour in the colour separations, which is this newly added colour.


If I want a varnish > new layer named ‘Varnish’ > ‘New colour swatch’ > name it ‘Varnish’ also > CMYK >there’s no colour for varnish, so it doesn’t really matter what colour it is > ok

What if it’s not text? Then you create a box with a fill but no stroke > select varnish from swatch > put the box over the images you wish to be varnished.


Registration colours will print on every single plate (from printer)/ colour, this would be good for something like a bounding box / margin around the whole of a page.


The printer might want some guides/instructions on what to do > Create a new later > name it ‘Instructions’ > un-tick ‘Print Layer’ since we don’t want this to print


If you use a certain substrate it may change the colour, such as glossy papers = more luminosity, matte = less luminosity


If you wanted to create one copy of a book you’d use a digital press, through a website like ‘’, you could then download the blurb InDesign plug in, this appears as ‘Blurb book creator’


‘Create pages template’ which you then save, this is then used as a guide for your own book’s creation, based on the settings you put. This can also be done for the spine,


If you’re not happy with the printed book, you can request a new one.


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