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Color Separation Errors - Adobe Indesign Windows

I am currently using Adobe CS Suite and have a problem with files being placing from Illustrator CS to InDesign CS with a Windows 2000 Professional operating system. Example: I create a graphic using two colors (Pantone 200c and Black) in Illustrator and save the file as an .ai, .pdf, and .eps. When I try placing the .ai or .pdf file in InDesign and do a preflight I will receive plates for CMYK and the spot color Pantone 200c for a total of 5 plates. Although I've only used two colors how do I prevent the extra plates from showing ...

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    I am currently using Adobe CS Suite and have a problem with files being placing from Illustrator CS to InDesign CS with a Windows 2000 Professional operating system. Example: I create a graphic using two colors (Pantone 200c and Black) in Illustrator and save the file as an .ai, .pdf, and .eps. When I try placing the .ai or .pdf file in InDesign and do a preflight I will receive plates for CMYK and the spot color Pantone 200c for a total of 5 plates. Although I've only used two colors how do I prevent the extra plates from showing up? If I place an .eps file it shows correctly. If I drag and drop the image to InDesign it shows the right number of plates correctly. However, the print vendor I'm using for my client wants me to link the images for them and the method of drag and drop does not produce a link.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    RogerLehmann@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Are the plates for CMYK empty except Black? Test this by printing to a seperated PDF.

    Teus
    Teus_de_Jong@adobeforums.com Guest

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    That's simply the way it works. If the plates are blank, just ignore them.

    Bob
    Bob Guest

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    Thank you for your responses. I did a test separated PDF and the CMY plates were blank. It just seems there should be a way to produce the file that does not include the plates that are blank.

    Roger
    RogerLehmann@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Roger,

    Normally the printer gets a composite file and knows that he has to ignore empty plates.

    Teus
    Teus_de_Jong@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Teus,

    Thanks for the additional comments. I'll just make sure when I communicate with the print vendor that they concur.

    Thank again,

    Roger
    RogerLehmann@adobeforums.com Guest

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