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Printing

Printing from FreeHand using color management is relatively straightforward. The main thing you need to do at print time is to tell FreeHand whether you're printing to the Composite printer or to the Separations printer (see Figure 13-6).

In the middle of the print dialog is an Output option with two radio buttons, Composite and Separations. If you click on Separations, the Separations printer profile you selected in Color Management Setup is used as the destination profile. If you click on Composite, the Composite printer profile you selected in Color Management Setup is used as the destination profile. To use the "Composite simulates separations" feature, you must select the Composite radio button here, and have previously checked the "Composite simulates separations" checkbox in Color Management Setup.

At the bottom of the print dialog is a Color Management button. This is just a shortcut to the Color Management Setup dialog. Even though clicking it brings up a dialog titled "Color Management Preferences," it's the same thing, and any changes made here will be reflected in the Setup version of the same dialog.

Figure 13-6 Figure 13-6 FreeHand Print Dialog


Gotchas

Didn't think it was going to be that simple, did you? Certainly not after the hell called Export.

  • "Convert RGB to process" must be checked (it is by default), or else RGB content isn't converted to CMYK at output time. This checkbox has two locations—you can check either one. One is reached through Output Options on the File menu. The other is in the Output Options section of the Imaging panel in the Print Setup dialog box, which is reached by clicking the Setup button in the Print dialog (see Figure 13-7).

  • When you print to a PostScript device, FreeHand wants almost everything to be CMYK. Even if you uncheck the "Convert RGB to process" option and select an RGB profile for the Composite printer, only imported RGB images get converted to the destination Composite printer profile. Everything else is CMYK, and there appears to be no way around this, so you may have significant problems printing to an RGB PostScript RIP.

  • Figure 13-7 Figure 13-7 Output Options and Print Setup: Imaging tab

  • On Mac OS X, the default printer, set in the Print Center utility, must be a PostScript printer. Otherwise, FreeHand assumes that you're printing to an RGB raster device and produces exclusively RGB PostScript, so you'll most likely end up with a mess.

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