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Lesson 15. Using Adobe Acrobat for Profe... > Advanced printing controls

Advanced printing controls

Use Acrobat Professional's advanced printing features to produce color separations, add printing marks, and control how transparent and complex items are imaged.

Choose File > Print. The Print window opens.

Choose a PostScript printer to which you would like to print this document. If you do not have a PostScript printer available, choose Adobe PDF as the Printer, as this uses a PostScript print driver and can be used for this lesson.

Acrobat is capable of printing to most output devices for general printing purposes. Because you are creating color separations, it is necessary to choose a PostScript printer for this portion of the lesson.

For Print Range select All.

For Page Handling (Windows) or Page Scaling (Mac OS), choose Fit to paper and choose Auto-Rotate and Center. Keep all the other settings unchanged.

Click the Advanced button. The Advanced Print Setup window opens. Note that there are four options along the left side of this window: Output, Marks and Bleeds, Transparency Flattening, and PostScript Options.

Confirm the Output tab is selected along the left side of the Advanced Print Setup window, and choose Separations from the Color drop-down menu.

Click the Ink Manager button. Scroll through the listed inks of the document and locate Pantone 300 C. Click the spot color icon to the left of the Pantone 300 C name. The check box changes into a CMYK color swatch, indicating that this color will be printed as a combination of CMYK color values.

For Pantone 300 C, a close approximation of the color is made by mixing Cyan and Black. Because you converted this color to a CMYK mixture, Acrobat will mix these two colors to simulate the dedicated ink that is used to produce Spot colors. Because these two colors are already used throughout this newsletter, it is more cost-effective to use them to represent a spot color, rather than adding an entirely new ink in addition to the CMYK colors that are being used.

Acrobat also lets you globally convert all spot colors to their CMYK equivalents by choosing the Convert All Spots to Process check box. Click OK to close the Ink Manager window.

Click OK to close the Ink Manager window, then choose the Marks and Bleeds option. Click the All Marks check box to turn-on a variety of marks that are created outside the edges of the document. Keep the Advanced Print Setup window open.



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