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Chapter 29. Working with Color in InDesign > Understanding Color Basics

Understanding Color Basics

Before you explore colors and the various ways to create and apply them in your InDesign document, it helps to have an understanding of exactly how color works, both when you print it and how it displays on your monitor. It's important to know the difference between the various color modes, like CMYK and RGB, and how selecting one type over another can help or hurt your project.

Color Printing

There are two main types of color used in commercial printing: spot color and process color. Spot colors are single-color inks. You may hear a printing project that uses spot color referred to as a “two-color job,” with the two colors being black and the spot color (see Figure 29.2).


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