Create mixed inks with InDesign

Create mixed inks with InDesign

InDesign is powerful software of Adobe. In this article learn how to create ink swatches and groups with these incredible tips in Adobe InDesign.

Create a Mix Ink Swatch

Mixed inks permit you to create the maximum number of colors with a limited number of inks, and without increasing the separations used for printing. To create a mixed ink swatch you need to have one or more spot colors added to your color palette.

You can create the mixed ink by combining the spot colors together or by mixing a spot color with a process ink (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). You can either create a single mixed ink swatch in your color palette, or mixed ink groups that can be used to create multiple swatches in one go.

Let’s get started!

  1. Make a swatch

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To create a mixed ink, go to the Panel menu in your Swatches palette and select New Mixed Ink Swatch. Remember, a mixed ink has to contain one or more spot colors, so if you haven’t added any spot colors, this option won’t be available to you. I’ve already added two Pantones to my Swatches palette, which I’m going to use for my mixed ink.

 

  1. Select Pantones

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In the New Mixed Ink Swatch menu, select the two Pantones by clicking the empty box next to your desired Pantone’s name (an ink icon will appear).

 

  1. Enter values

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Add the percentage of each ink used by typing a value in the percentage box. Alternatively, you can use the sliders to adjust this value.

 

  1. Name swatches

    Create mixed inks with InDesign

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You have the option to name the swatch if you wish to. To add the mixed ink to the Swatches panel, click OK to leave the panel. If you wish to add more swatches at this stage, click Add and the panel will remain open for you to add additional mixed ink swatches.

 

  1. Identify swatches

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The new mixed ink will now be visible in your Swatches palette, recognizable by the two droplet icon that sits to the right of the swatch name.

 

These were the swatches which can make your working in InDesign quite easy and flawless. This method also decreases the use of a number of inks. Apart from that, it also decreases the separations used for printing. Use InDesign to create unmatched designs. Hope this article was of help! Happy designing!

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