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  • Indesign Text: Opacity or grey color?

    Hi,

    This is in Indesign CS5.5. I want to make my text greyish, on a white background. Do I reduce the opacity, or set the color of the text to be grey?
    Is there a difference in quality or file size?(it is for a print job)

    Thanks in advance,

    ps.Sorry if the question is stupid/obvious, I am a student & new to the software.

  • #2
    Reducing the opacity makes it a transparency - which can cause hiccups in some press.

    Best to set it as a Tint of black rather than dropping the opacity.

    "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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    • #3
      It should be noted there is a slight difference in quality, especial if the grey text is ultra thin. Your text will not be as crisp as it would be at 100% K because it will be made up of dots instead of solid colour. You could use a rich black but then miss-registration of colour can be an issue. If you are printing offset, I would suggest a pantone grey instead of using a transparency or tint.
      Design is not decoration.

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      • #4
        Note that the way to set the text transparency separate from the text frame transparency is to use the Effects panel -- where fill, stroke, and text -- all have individual controls.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kemingMatters View Post
          If you are printing offset, I would suggest a pantone grey instead of using a transparency or tint.
          This. Pantone 424 is a great grey.
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          • #6
            Text is Helvetica light 9p on A4.I wanted it dark grey, because in black it looks a bit intense, both on screen&print. Is there a way to still use black, but make the text look lighter?Maybe a different black than the standard Indesign swatch?(without this leading to the miss-registration that Kemming mentioned)

            Do I find the Pantone 424 under PANTONE Colour Bridge CMYK PC?
            Thanks for all the replies!

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            • #7
              To get a solid grey you have to use a pantone (or spot) grey on an offset press. If you are printing digitally then it doesn't matter, grey will be made up of dots, whether it's made from just black, a rich black, or a pantone grey (digital will convert the pantone grey to CMYK).
              Last edited by kemingMatters; 04-03-2012, 07:29 PM.
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              • #8
                Pantone 424 is a spot color, not a process color. It would be in the spot coated, uncoated, and matte books. If you convert it to a process color you won't get the same results at all.

                Edit: Ninja-d. What Keming said.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the help!!

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