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 part of your layouts. It impacts the design and must be printed correctly. Advertisements often rely on color to relay brands or effective messages — think of the package delivery company based on brown or the purple-and-orange company known for overnight shipments. Similarly, the success of a printed piece greatly depends on how color is used in the layout. Color, used correctly, can enhance your message and, used consistently, helps create a brand identity. In this chapter, you find out some of the fundamental aspects of working with color and the basic instructions on how to prepare documents for printing.


For more information on general subjects about color, see Book I, Chapters 7 and 8, which cover subjects such as color modes, inks, and 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 to choose when working in InDesign. Because the use of color in print media can be quite a science, you must have control over how your documents print on the page. In Chapter 4 of this minibook, we show you how to add color to drawings with the Color panel. In this section, we cover using the Color panel to choose colors ...

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