Spot and Process Colors


You can designate colors as either spot or process color types, which correspond to the two main ink types used in commercial printing. In the Swatches panel, you can identify the color type of color using icons that appear next to the name of the color.

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What’s the difference between coated and uncoated paper?


When you are choosing a paper for your project, what do all the paper terms mean? We are going to try to sort that out for you.

Coated Paper
Coated paper has been coated with a surface sealant. Paper with a coating is smooth and shiny while uncoated paper is flat with little or no shine. Gloss stock makes colors look smoother, deeper, richer, with great color-contrast. Photos and graphics tend to look better on gloss stock, while text heavy documents and artwork are often use matte stock (which is a coated paper).
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