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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Spot Colors

In 2000, Pantone revised the recipes for process simulations of the Pantone spot inks. This was done in response to the industry improvements in plating and press controls, which made it possible to more closely approximate spot colors with CMYK simulations. The spot-to-process recipes in desktop publishing programs followed suit. This all sounds wonderful, but there is a little kink in the plumbing as a result. Files created in earlier versions of Illustrator, QuarkXPress, InDesign, and Photoshop use the older recipes. The newer recipes start with Illustrator 10, QuarkXPress 5.0, InDesign 2.0, and Photoshop 7.0. If your goal is to come closer to Pantone colors with CMYK approximations, great. But if you’re using old artwork that ...

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