Chapter 8. Defining Colors, Tints, and Gradients


  • Getting acquainted with color terminology

  • Making sense of process and spot colors

  • Working with color models in InDesign

  • Defining colors and tints

  • Mixing colors

  • Importing colors from files

  • Sampling colors from images

  • Understanding color issues in imported graphics

  • Working with gradients

  • Editing, copying, and deleting swatches

  • Applying colors, tints, and gradients

Whether you want to produce limited-run documents on a color printer, create newsletters using spot colors, publish magazines and catalogs using process colors and special inks, or produce documents to be distributed electronically on computer screens, InDesign offers the tools that you need to do the job well.

In printing, color is a complex issue, which involves both physics and chemistry. The inks that produce color are designed chemically to retain those colors and to produce them evenly so that your images don't look mottled or faded. How light reflects off of ink and paper to your eye determines the color you see, and many factors (particularly different textures of paper) can affect the physics of how the light carries the color.

You also have implementation issues to consider: How many colors can your printing press produce, and how much will it cost? When do you decide to go for the exact pure color, and when do you decide to go with a close enough version that costs less to print?

For on-screen use, color is easier to deal with, because what you see as you do your ...

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