Dreaming in CMYK

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about Overprint Design Inspiration. Overprinting is the art of printing one color over another color without removing, or knocking out, the material underneath.

This week I also had the opportunity to sit down with a group of designers and walk through best practices for print design. Surprisingly, my discussion on overprint was one of the key things they all took notes on.

A lot of designers tend to apply a transparency to their design elements to create the overprint effect; however, this doesn’t always necessarily get you the result you’re after. In fact, we might receive files that we don’t realize should overprint and portions of a logo can potentially drop out altogether without our realizing it.

So what can you?

InDesign (and Quark) actually has an attribute you should apply to generate this overprint effect properly.

To apply the…

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