If you're used to working in Illustrator, you may be unfamiliar with the term unnamed colors, but you're used to the concept. Unnamed colors are referred to as nonglobal colors in Illustrator; the concept of InDesign's swatches applies to Illustrator's global colors.

The most reliable way to specify color for your document is through a color library. Color libraries are based on swatch booklets, which give you a more accurate representation of how your color will appear as ink on paper, as opposed to how it appears on your computer screen. The color library you choose to use can depend on several things, including your corporate standards, the type of paper you're printing on, the color libraries supported by your prepress provider, even the country you're printing in.

Below is a list of the color libraries that come preloaded with InDesign and what they contain. You can access these libraries by selecting New Color Swatch from the Swatches palette menu (see Figure 29.14):

  • DIC Color: 1280 CMYK spot colors from Dainippon Ink & Chemicals, Inc.

  • Focoltone: 763 CMYK colors that help you get predictable results when you overprint colors or layer inks on top of each other to help prevent misregistration in printing.

  • HKS: A color library commonly used in Europe.

  • PANTONE: Probably the most commonly used color system in the world. Pantone offers more than 1000 spot colors, as well as thousands of specific process color combinations. Best of all, Pantone swatch booklets are printed on different types of paper, giving you a much better way to visualize how your color will print based on the paper you're using.

  • System (Windows) and System (Macintosh): Contains the 256 RGB colors found in the 8-bit palette of the Windows and Mac operating systems, respectively.

  • Toyo Color Finder: With more than 1000 colors, this library is most commonly used in Japan.

  • Trumatch: An accurate CMYK color-matching system that contains more than 2000 colors.

  • Web: The 216 RGB colors used by web browsers to display 8-bit images. The items you create with these colors display the same on either Mac or Windows systems.

Figure 29.14. Choose a swatch from a specific color library in the New Color Swatch dialog to add to your Swatches palette.

There is also a selection for Other Library. Earlier you learned that this option can be used to browse for other InDesign documents from which you'd like to import colors, but you can also use it if you have a color library that is not included with InDesign. Simply browse to the library, select it, and click Open.

After your color library is loaded, scroll through the available swatches. Click to select swatches you want to add to the Swatches palette; hold down the Ctrl key (Windows users) or key (Mac users) to select more than one color. Holding down the Shift key on either platform enables you to select a range of contiguous swatches. Click the Add button and continue browsing for colors, or click OK to add the selected colors only.

Special Edition Using Adobe Creative Suite 2
Special Edition Using Adobe Creative Suite 2
ISBN: 0789733676
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 426
Authors: Michael Smick

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