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Chapter 11. Recolor > Spot color channels

Spot color channels

A spot color can be placed in its own separate channel. Then when the image is color separated, this spot color channel will appear on its own plate.

To create a spot color channel:

1.
Display the Channels palette, and drag it away from the Layers palette so you can see both palettes at once.

2.
Choose New Spot Channel from the Channels palette menu.

3.
Click the Color swatch, and if necessary, click Custom to open the Custom Colors dialog box.



4.
Choose a Pantone or other spot color matching system name from the Book pop-up menu, choose a color, then click OK.

5.
Optional: To change the way color in the spot channel displays on screen, enter a new Ink Characteristics: Solidity percentage. At 100%, it will display as a solid color; at a lower percentage, it will appear more transparent (as a preview for, say, a spot color varnish).

6.
Click OK. The name of the color you chose will be listed next to the spot channel name on the Channels palette . Any stroke that is applied or image element that is created while the spot color channel is active will appear in that color (see the following page).




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