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  1. If you select the object and hover just outside the 4 nodes in between the corners you see a double arrow with the heads pointing in opposite directions. These will skew the object and its much easier than using the Transform panel. The Ctrl key acts as a modifier for symmetric skewing.
  2. Actually, I don't think the document profile needs to be b/w. Just changing the PDF export colour space & profile should work. I've tried it here and it did once behave like yours but all other times its behaved. I'm not sure if this is a bug or just me being careless. But even if you got this to work you'd still have to lock/hide the objects you wanted to keep before deleting the rich black objects in order to copy and paste from the b/w PDF. So why not just lock/hide the objects you want to keep the same, select everything else (rich black objects), make all these objects 100% black, and then unlock/unhide the others? What you're getting is obviously not right. There is a way of resetting all the preferences which might help but I can't remember this.
  3. I've used C91/M81/Y64/K95 and the result is 99,0,0,0. If you're using a grey/8 colour space I don't see how you're getting MYC values other than zero.
  4. Rich blacks should have k=100 and CMY as various value such as 20 or 30 etc. These should convert to k=100 and CMY as 0 by doing what you did. But if the k value is not 100 it might not work. I tried 30, 55, 22, 73 and it ended up as k=83 which is not surprising really. Are you getting something different?
  5. I don't think there is a quick way of doing this. Something which might help is to assign a greyscale profile to the document, export as PDF, open the saved PDF. There should only be K values now. Obviously you'd have to copy & paste the non-black items from the original document into the new one. If you've got a lot of rich black items and only a few colour items this might be workable.
  6. I use a few InDesign scripts every day, many times a day. They really do make s big difference. As well as adding functions they also act as a sort of magnet to talented freelance programmers. It makes the software have an open source feel with an enthusiasm that that implies. It would also enable Astute Graphics & others to add even more features. It might not be possible but I'd love it to be on the roadmap.
  7. I have a Summacut d60. I used to use Coreldraw but these days I only use AD. Select what you want to cut, export as eps (export selected, without background). Import eps into cutting software (I use vinylmaster cut), add any boxes to make weeding easier and that's it.
  8. You can't. Guides aren't part of the layer system. There is a Guides Manager to accurately position or delete guides and that's about it.
  9. Thanks for that info - I didn't know that. Maybe the gradient could be a bit thicker. Most of the stuff I do doesn't involve top level layers - its just various created objects all on a single layer.
  10. It seems that the Layers panel can contain either created objects or Layer containers which themselves contain created objects. There is no visual difference between them apart from the name "Layers". I wonder if a top level layer could be coloured differently or have some other way of visually quickly identifying it as a top level layer? It's a small point but it would be useful.
  11. The embossing must be done separately from any printing presumably. So couldn't you just hide all layers apart from the embossing one and then export? I've been using pdf files commercially for printing for a long time but I've never used or understood pdf layers.
  12. I use Versaworks software with a Roland cutter. I create a global spot colour, call it CutContour, and apply it to the cut required. Then export to PDF, make sure Honour spot colours is ticked. Hope this helps.
  13. If you use AD you could make a global spot colour as white and draw a background box filled with any colour you want to indicate the plastic. Before exporting to PDF hide the background and when exporting make sure "Honour spot colours" is ticked. The white should then separate okay - it looks okay in Output Preview.
  14. I've only just noticed that if I use the tab key to go to a particular box in the transform panel, then there is a tiny blue box round it. It looks like 1 pixel thickness. Its so hard to see I have always thought there was nothing at all to indicate the active box. The same applies to various other boxes - for instance document size and the bleed size. I would like to see either a much thicker line or have the active box the same as if it had been mouse clicked.
  15. You need to duplicate the circle before adding the text.
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