Chapter 7. Understanding Color and Printing

In This Chapter

  • Using color in page layout

  • Looking at color controls and models

  • Discovering swatches and swatch libraries

  • Understanding bleeding and trapping

  • Looking at printing and preferences

Color is an important and complicated subject, especially in page layout; however, you probably already understand many of the concepts because the media bombards you with advertisements all the time. If you think about the advertisements you remember the most, you get an idea of the kinds of things that are successful in catching someone's attention. These ads often rely on color to relay an effective message. The success of printed ads greatly relies on how color is used in the layout. Color greatly enhances the message being relayed to readers. In this chapter, you find out some of the fundamental aspects of working with color and the basics on how to prepare a document for printing.


For more information on general subjects about color, see Book I, Chapter 7, which covers subjects, such as color modes, inks, printers, and basic color correction across the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite.

Selecting Color with Color Controls

You have several different color modes and options when working in InDesign. Because color in print media can be quite a science, it's important to have a lot of control over how your documents print on the page. In Chapter 3 of this minibook, we show you how to add color to drawings with the Color panel. In this section, we ...

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