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InQuestion: Matching Photoshop Colors, Combining Documents, Using Smart Guides

This article appeared in Issue 84 of InDesign Magazine.

Q. I’ve created a brochure with some color overlay effects, and my client has approved my design, based on what I showed her on my monitor. But now that it’s time to go to the printer, I’m finding that the effect just doesn’t look the same in an exported PDF, and the proof from the printer shows the same problem. How can I fix this?

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Claudia McCue is the author of the book Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Cloud, and the presenter for a number of print-related LinkedIn Learning courses, including “Learning Print Production,” “InDesign for the In-House Designer,” and “Acrobat Pro DC Essentials.” After more than 30 years in real-world print production, and 20 years of software training, she’s now retired, but still occasionally writes about printing topics.