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Is there a way to convert process colours to spot?

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Hey guys,

I can't seem to find a way to convert process colours to spot in Affinity Publisher Beta. Not quite sure if there is a way yet.

When I'm doing a print job that has a die-line, perf, fold line, etc, I usually set them up as a spot colour. In InDesign I usually convert one of the colours (either cyan, magenta, yellow, black, or whatever) from Color Type: Process to Color Type: Spot and then assign a name to each (like die-line). 

Is there a way to do something like that in Affinity Publisher at the moment?

Thanks!

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Why that? Do you think, you will find a spot color for every of the millions colors (256 x 256 x 256 x 256) you can define in CMYK?

What you can do, is simply assigning a new spot color to the element, which replaces the process color..

The other way round (spot –> process color) works by deselecting „Honour Spot Color“ during PDF output.

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New Global Colour, spot, name it as you need to. Your screenshot looks okay.
In the Swatches panel, use Document to (hopefully) show the created swatch.
When exporting make sure Honour Spot Colours is ticked. Its the same process as ADesigner & I've used that quite a bit for contour cutting.


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On 9/7/2018 at 5:55 PM, mac_heibu said:

The other way round (spot –> process color) works by deselecting „Honour Spot Color“ during PDF output.

I think this is in fact not satisfactory as I REALLY like to have the option to change/convert a given spot colour to its correspondent global CMYK colour – so to speak on a colour swatch basis – within the swatches pallette.

Often when you're doing a print layout (here: in Publisher) you receive logos from a client which are to be used there and which (from their original "ideal" design) contain spot colours that you definitely will NOT use in printing then and in the future as it is all going to be pure CMYK (mainly because of economic reasons as spot colours tend to be quite expensive in everyday printing). To avoid any problems beforehand(!) when preparing PDFs for giving to the printer it has over the years been very useful/effective for me in InDesign to be able to change any spot colours to global CMYK from within the swatches pallette. I really DO wish this were possible in Publisher as well!

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On 1/9/2020 at 1:08 PM, Lorox said:

I think this is in fact not satisfactory as I REALLY like to have the option to change/convert a given spot colour to its correspondent global CMYK colour – so to speak on a colour swatch basis – within the swatches pallette.

Right Lorox, the ability to change color technique is a basic function of any serious graphics program. Same as when you copy over elements, they must come with their defined swatch if it is not already in the document.

Why that? Dumb question. There may be hundreds of objects in a document, using a defined color. Usually one assumes it gets printed CMYK but It happens that a customer later decides to print Pantone spot colors. Not be able to change the color technique of a swatch means you have to select all the hundred of objects with that color and change all of them. Even more difficult when there are color gradients and shades present.

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34 minutes ago, Thomahawk said:

Same as when you copy over elements, they must come with their defined swatch if it is not already in the document.

Exactly! This is such a basic feature for the efficient management of a document's colours that still having to request it seems quite strange actually (especially for a program that's set to rival InDesign...)

There isn't a feature yet for the swatches palette like "List (or add) unnamed", is it? (I hope I haven't missed it) This one has served me very well with InDesign and Illustrator in the past to gather all the colours actually used in the document...

While we're at it:
being able to "Select unused" in the colour palette (and then deleting them; like it's possible in ID and AI) is also a very useful means for slimming down the palette and getting rid of all those colours you don't use anyway.

Last but not least:
deleting a colour swatch from the palette and being given the option to replace it with another given one while doing so is another very helpful feature to efficiently deal with a document's colours. Again, in InDesign you have been able to do so for 10+ years...

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