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I am using Adobe Indesign for a catalog that will be printing using 4 color offset printing. Currently our entire workflow is in RGB, using the Adobe 98 color space. I'm wondering, is it possible to use Adobe 98-RGB as my color space for InDesign, as well as all my photoshop and illustrator links. Then, instead of converting every single file to CMYK, is it possible to just create a PDF 1-x file (the CMYK PDF function) from the RGB InDesign File, embed the CMYK profile for the offset printer to the PDF, and give that file to the printer? ...

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    Default In Design Offset Printing PDF Color Setting question PLEASE HELP!

    I am using Adobe Indesign for a catalog that will be printing using 4 color offset printing. Currently our entire workflow is in RGB, using the Adobe 98 color space. I'm wondering, is it possible to use Adobe 98-RGB as my color space for InDesign, as well as all my photoshop and illustrator links. Then, instead of converting every single file to CMYK, is it possible to just create a PDF 1-x file (the CMYK PDF function) from the RGB InDesign File, embed the CMYK profile for the offset printer to the PDF, and give that file to the printer? Since the PDF would be CMYK would this be printable through the press? Anyone have luck with this?
    colornerd01@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: In Design Offset Printing PDF ColorSetting question PLEASE HELP!

    While it isn't my first choice of working, I have done things this way
    on occasion with perfect success.

    You may also want to ask the printer if he/she prefers to do the
    conversion to cmyk to match his press specifications.

    There are some people who recommend this as *the best* way of working.
    Simon Guest

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    Default Re: In Design Offset Printing PDF ColorSetting question PLEASE HELP!

    Hi colornerd01,

    Yes, it is. I don't have much experience with PDF-1x, but InDesign can certainly colour-separate images, RGB AI and PDF (but not EPS) files, or convert those colours to any RGB or CMYK colour space and embed that profile in the PDF doent. Just make sure anything in Illustrator you want to print as a one-colour black is defined as a greyscale black, not an RGB or CMYK black.

    But as to your printer's specific requirements, and whether they require PDF-1x or not, that is something to be discussed with your printer. I see no reason why your proposed workflow wouldn't work, but service providers have all sorts of weird setups that don't always meet industry specs.
    Shane_Matthews@adobeforums.com Guest

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