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11-22-2011, 08:17 AM
I recently submitted a job to a printer. Created in ID CS3. Sent them a PDF exported with their joboptions. They found that a linear gradient fill I use every few pages is actually a 4C blend. They corrected the problem, but I can't figure out how to correct it in ID. I created the fill several years ago and assigned it to an Object Style. Now I can't figure out how to edit that fill.

Does anyone here recall how to get into that corner of ID?

Robin Springall
11-23-2011, 03:02 PM
What was the problem, Bob - did you mean to make a greyscale blend? You should be edit to the swatch gradient colours in ID.

11-23-2011, 04:32 PM
The book is printed one color, black. Somehow the blend is NOT greyscale. Not sure where my head was when I created it several years ago. I was new to ID, so GOK.

I have both a swatch named PageHead and an Object Style PageHead. When I select a frame that is tagged PageHead and double click the swatch, I can edit the endpoints.

The dark end is 65c 58m 57y 38k. The light end is 21c 16m 16y 0k. The light is probably equivalent to 16-18k. How do I convert the dark end to k only?

Howard Allen
11-23-2011, 05:28 PM

Double-click the gradient swatch you want to edit in the Swatches palette. This brings up the "Gradient Options" dialog box. Click the black slider on the "gradient ramp" bar at the bottom of the dialog box. This should activate the color mixer sliders in the middle. Make sure "Stop Color" is set to CMYK. Then just edit the colors for black = 100%, C, M, Y all = 0%. That should do it (I just tried it in CS3 and it works fine for me.)

11-23-2011, 06:57 PM
That's what I finally figured out. I just found one way to convert the CMYK values to K: I filled a space in Photoshop with the CMYK value, converted to greyscale and read the percentage off the Info palette.