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Open the Door into the Science of Color Theory. Blending with Pantone or spot colors. Today I received an Illustrator related question from a reader that really stumped me.

Blending with Pantone or spot colors

I didn't have an answer straight away, so I had to try certain things out to be able to offer some help. Here is the thing: If you're using the blend tool to create a blend between 2 spot colors, it seems that Illustrator turns the values in between these colors into CMYK values. Are there ways to circumvent this? Is there a way so the blend consists of various hues of the Pantone colors, rather than CMYK values? I guess, if it's possible to change the blend into a simple gradient going from spot color 1 to spot color 2 it solves the issue in a simple way, but what if that isn't possible? Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic. Printing & Prepress Basics. While art and design schools do an impressive job of teaching the importance of form, function, and how to use flashy Photoshop techniques, it's rare that designers have been taught the skills necessary to pass off their projects to printers so that they may not only successfully, but smoothly, produce a designed work.

Printing & Prepress Basics

In this article, I'll discuss the basics when it comes to translating your brilliant ideas (and surely hours of your precious time and energy) into successfully printed projects with a printer, making it easier to keep your deadlines and maintain a blissfully happy and healthy relationship with your vendor. Four-Color Process Printing.