Colour mode - CMYK for print
To fill a shape either select fill or stoke double click use colour picker to chose colour
Use options bar to chose preset swatch colour
Use the CMYK sliders on the colour picker
Can use the swatches pallet menu to delete swatches or simply select all and delete all
Or select all unused colours / delete
Important not to use Registration black for colour work as 100% CMYK which will result in too much ink on paper
To add a new swatch - select colour on Colour pallet , click on menue, create a new swatch
Directly from the Swatches pallet
The Global box on a colour if ticked can be useful. If you change the % of CMY or K every area coloured with that colour will change colour
Another advantage of a Global colour swatch is you can also change the tint.
A single ready mixed colour applied using its own printing plate,
- often used when a colour outside the CMYK colour gamut is needed.
- Cost - ceaper to use a 2 colour print job
- Corporate/brand colours which are not mixed so consistancy across literature
Colours can be depicted using Pantone reference numbers which are different for difefrent stocks ie Coated, uncoated, metallic
To access Spot colours use the Swatch menu
Colour books - Pantone
Pantone solid = Spot colour
Pantone process = CMYK
Select small list view from the menu
Can use the find field to search a specific ref. no.
Always keep the Pantone spot colour correct ref no. so can be identified by a printer.
Saving the pallet
Swatch menu save library as AI (other illustrator file)
Ensure saved in home folder
Choose in Swatch library (User defined) or look in another library
Can save as .aes format to use in Indesign and Photoshop
Printing with Spot Colours at the Commercial printers
Produce separations - Individual positives
For a grayscale PO
Use 'Output' option
Mode - Separations (Host based)