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PDF Export Exhaustion

Grayscale PDF From a Color Layout

Our office periodically needs to create a grayscale PDF for one of our clients, even though their jobs are done in CMYK plus spot plates. There's no place to choose “grayscale” in the Export to PDF dialog box. We tried printing to the Adobe PDF printer instead, since the Print dialog box does offer Composite Gray as an Output choice, but some of the graphics didn't convert — they stayed in color. We really don't want to have to re-create these files in grayscale, as some are over 200 pages long!


InDesign can convert colors to grayscale during the process you describe only if it can “get” to them. It does fine with any color created in InDesign itself (CMYK, RGB or Lab; process or spot), as well as placed color TIFFs and PSD files, even if the PSD has a spot color channel. However, InDesign won't change placed color EPS and PDF images into grayscale.



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