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Spot Spaces

The Spot feature in the Color Settings dialog box allows you to specify a dot gain for spot colors. Like grayscale settings, spot color settings know nothing about the actual color of the ink and paper, and they contain no information about the way the spot ink interacts with other inks. Spot settings essentially behave identically to grayscale ones.

The Spot popup menu in the Color Settings dialog box contains dot gain settings for 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 percent dot gain. In Advanced Mode, you can also define a Custom Dot Gain, choose a custom grayscale profile, or load the black channel of a CMYK profile. The procedure for doing any of these is identical to that for Grayscale mode. But spot inks differ widely in how they behave on paper, and the only way to know what will happen is to print a tint build. If you've got money to burn, go for it.


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