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

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Colorizing Images

InDesign allows you to colorize grayscale and bilevel (black and white, with no shades of gray) TIFF and PSD files to create simplistic monotone effects. Colorizing is a quick-and-dirty way to apply color to images with the ability to change your mind late in the game.

There are two ways to colorize images in InDesign. Select the image by clicking with the Direct Selection tool (white arrow), and then choose the swatch. Alternatively, you can just drag a swatch on top of the image (but, counterintuitively, the frame must not be selected first), and then release the mouse button. The swatch is then applied to the image, not the frame.

If you want to create a true duotone, it’s preferable to use Photoshop, where you have complete ...

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