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InDesign CS6 | Grayscale preview and export

Among the various new features in InDesign CS6, Grayscale Preview and Export should come in really handy to all print designers. For any print jobs that also need a grayscale output, you no longer need to maintain a separate file. You also don’t need to send the full color PDF to the printer and cross your fingers that they’ll do a proper conversion. This feature gives you proper control on your design, and reduces extra work for maintaining different layouts.

 

Grayscale Preview

Several Dot Gain profiles are available with InDesign CS6 that you can use to preview your layouts. Using this feature you can avoid maintaining different layouts for full-color and grayscale outputs.

  1. Use Proof Setup (View > Proof Setup) to specify grayscale proof options, and choose a Dot Gain or Gamma destination.
  2. After you’ve setup the proof, choose View > Proof Colors to toggle between grayscale and color output.

Export Grayscale PDF

When you export a grayscale PDF all page items, irrespective of their original color space, are converted to grayscale while exporting to PDF.

  1. Export document to PDF (Print)
  2. Click the Output tab in the PDF export options dialog box.
  3. From the Color Conversion list, choose Convert To Destination.
  4. Under Destination, choose a Dot Gain or Gray Gamma destination.
PDF Export Options dialog box

PDF Export Options dialog box

Have you tried out this feature yet?  Let us know what you think. Do you think that you can use it for other workflows as well?

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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