Using & Converting Spot Colours in Illustrator

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Sometimes a client will request you use a Pantone spot colour in their artwork. This can cause problems when setting up a print document in CMYK. You can select a Pantone swatch and convert it to a process CMYK swatch very easily. Simply double click the colour in the swatch menu and change the settings to CMYK & Process.

The next step is the important

Uncheck the Global tick box.

Until you do this, the swatch will still register as a spot colour when you put it through a pre-flight report.

* A way to notice you have pantones in a document, they will appear with a small triangle within the swatch.

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