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Old 02-08-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
Chris C
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Default PDF's with spot colors

I work for a printing company that uses Indesign direct to plates with every imaginable input source, including e-mailed PDF's from customers. Our CMYK and spot color work are different departments and I handle spot colors.

We drop the PDF's on the Indesign page, and check for proper spot color assignment. Many of them are CMYK, which we can print composite if they're one color jobs, but if there are more colors, we color break them in Photoshop and make tiffs. This can create trapping problems, and screens look better when the PDF is used.

Is the only solution for this the source application that makes the PDF? It seems to me that the customers have to be involved by either sending us PDF's with spot colors, or source files. Is there anything I can do with these CMYK PDF's, or am I really stuck as I suspect?
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