The Ink Tool has three major functions:

  1. Ink Manager
  2. Ink Mix
  3. Image Channel mapping

Ink Manager functions

Ink Mix functions

Image Channel Mapping functions

Ink Manager Limitations

  1. Ink Manager cannot read RGB inks.
  2. Ink Manager cannot read the inks of hidden objects / hidden layers or objects on not-printed layers.
  3. Spot inks in images cannot be converted to process inks.
  4. Multi-color text, special effects and linked image are not supported ink conversion
  5. 3D special effect objects can have ink channels mapped to 0%.
  6. Mesh, Live Paint groups, Image data, 3D special effect objects are not supported for spot ink conversions.
  7. The function "Keep spot ink in blend" currently supports only simple blend objects, i.e. blend objects formed by two color blocks with only one fill for each or with only one stroke for each. The function cannot be applied to other types of complicated blend objects like blend objects.
  8. For Ink Mix, if multi-appearance exists at the same ink, the top ink will be read.
  9. Ink Mix only supports objects selected with the Selection or Direct Select tool.

  10. DCS image can't be embedded in an Illustrator file, so it is not supported in image channel mapping.