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I have this job that the customer wants printed in two-colors, but it could still be very creative if we could mix the two-colors to make different shades and patterns in the background. What i would like to do is to use the default swatches, the ones that have different shapes and colors in them. But if i could assign a PMS color to them then I could quickly and easily make something very neat. Any ideas? I do already use the Photoshop plug-in Powertone, which makes duotone images, but that isn't exactly what I wanted for this job. AI ...

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    Default Creating customs swatches with pantone colors

    I have this job that the customer wants printed in two-colors, but it could still be very creative if we could mix the two-colors to make different shades and patterns in the background.

    What i would like to do is to use the default swatches, the ones that have different shapes and colors in them. But if i could assign a PMS color to them then I could quickly and easily make something very neat.

    Any ideas?

    I do already use the Photoshop plug-in Powertone, which makes duotone images, but that isn't exactly what I wanted for this job.

    AI 10
    PS 7
    Rene_Perales@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Creating customs swatches with pantone colors

    You need to talk to the printer first - it is often very difficult to
    mix Pantone colors on-press, so what you're thinking of doing might be
    impossible (or at the least, very difficult) to run on press.
    Brian Guest

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    Default Re: Creating customs swatches with pantone colors

    What I'm looking for is black and a standard spot color.
    It is just a duotone, I KNOW that's possible.
    Rene_Perales@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Creating customs swatches with pantone colors

    Illustrator does not do multi-inks.

    You wil have to dupe the opject and set the top object to overprint or multiply. There are advantages and disadvantages for either overprint or multiply.

    If you have InDesign CS, that application can do multi-inks.
    John_Kallios@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Creating customs swatches with pantone colors

    John,

    Thanks for the tip.

    What do I need to do in CS to get the results I'm looking for?
    Or
    What feature/benefit(s) does CS provide that I do not have in AI 10 that will allow me to do what I need to do here?
    Rene_Perales@adobeforums.com Guest

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