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Use this procedure for spot colors that are difficult to proof.

CAUTION: If the spot colors will never be plated, reduce them during refine whenever possible. Color conversion is more predictable during refine than during other processes.

  1. Select the pages that you want to proof.
  2. Start a loose page output process on the selected files by dragging the pages to the loose page output process template.
  3. Preserve most spot colors by setting options in the process template:
    1. In the Start Process dialog box, click Edit Process Template.
    2. Expand the Render section.
    3. In the Spot Color Handling list, select Output Separately.
      The options available in the Spot Color Handling list depend on the output type.
    4. Select the Always Use Color Combiner to Convert Spots check box, if it is available.
    5. Close the process template.
  4. If you want to reduce individual spot colors, use the Color Output dialog box:
    1. In the Start Process dialog box, click Color Mapping.
      The Color Output dialog box appears.
    2. If you want to add or change a color in the Page Color column, see Adding or Changing Colors.
    3. Select the spot color that you want to affect and then set the Output Selected as list:

       

      ToDo This in the Color Output Dialog Box
      Convert a spot color to process colorIn the Output Selected as list, select Convert to Process.
      Omit a spot color from the proofIn the Output Selected as list, select Do Not Output.
    4. If necessary, repeat steps b and c for other spot colors that you want to reduce.
    5. Click OK.
  5. Click OK to close the Start Process dialog box.

    The proof process occurs, applying the settings of both the loose page output process template and the Color Output dialog box. The proof is generated.

Tips:
  • This procedure works only with raster files, not with vector files.
  • You can modify and save the process template before you start. Start the process using the modified process template, and do not click Edit Process Template in the Start Process dialog box.
  • You can also use this procedure to omit a process color from a proof. Instead of selecting a spot color in the Color Output dialog box, select a process color and set the Output Selected as list to Do Not Output.
  • To quickly set several colors to the same setting in the Color Output dialog box, select them all and then select an option in the Output Selected as list.
  • If you edit the process template from the Start Process dialog box and use the Color Output dialog box, the most recently applied settings take precedence.

 

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