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Colour channels in Publisher? Adding a spot colour channel?

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Just swopped from InDesign to Publisher and need to urgently send some artwork for printers. Need to add a spot colour channel. How on earth is this possible in Publisher??! I can't even find any channel view? Or am I missing something? Tight deadline and I am MEGA frustrated right now. Any help greatly appreciated! x

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14 hours ago, HannaCecilia said:

Just swopped from InDesign to Publisher and need to urgently send some artwork for printers. Need to add a spot colour channel.

This is not possible in Affinity apps. You can specify color swatches as spot colors (including PMS libraries) and then assign them to object fills and strokes, though. 

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Hi Ladargo, that you very much for this info. This printer (like many others) specifically request spot colours (metallic foils etc) on separate channels. So I am forced to recreate this all in another program now. What a disaster. And I was so excited about Affinity finally replacing Adobe completely in my studio... At least now I do not waste time trying to figure how to do this now.. Anyone who could forward this request to the developers for the next versions?!!!

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13 hours ago, HannaCecilia said:

This printer (like many others) specifically request spot colours (metallic foils etc) on separate channels.

How are you going to deliver your print files? I wonder if this is just a confusion in terminology? Normally spot colors are just placed on separate "plates" (within a PDF file) and Affinity apps do not have problems with that. [Channel route for spot colors is typically only used in Photoshop.]

UPDATE: If you just need spot color swatches, the easiest methof -- and even that is not easy ;) -- would be clicking the context ("Hamburger") menu of the Swatches Panel and choosing "Add Global Color", then in the Global Color dialog box checking "Spot" box and selecting the desired color using one of the color models. If you want to use standard Pantone color libraries you would first choose "Swatches" from the upper dropdown list and then e.g. "Pantone Formula Guide Solid Coated" from the lower list.

The swatches created this way are placed in an automatically created "Document palette" called "Document" (you can rename it), using a non-descriptive name like "Global Color 1" (which you can rename, as you can the name of the spot color that would appear in PDF export as a separate place).

Now you can use this swatch to assign a spot color to desired objects (fills and strokes), and these objects would appear in an exported PDF using their spot color name of the swatch. You can see both the global name and spot color name if you select an object with a spot color assignment and activate the Color Panel.

Note that it is best to have the publication color mode as CMYK when using spot colors. Most print PDF export methods by default use "Honor spot colors" setting which means that each spot color creates a separate plate in the exported PDF.

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