How Paper Choice Can Make or Break Your Design

2013-02-21 09.23.12-2 Taking the time to consider a colored paper stock can add visual interest, especially in a limited color project. Learning to familiarize yourself with how certain hues react to  each other will save hours in test printing and correcting poor color choices. Hopefully everything you learned in color theory class is all coming back to you now...

Use the tricks below for testing how your design will look before actually printing it:

Simulating Paper Color in InDesign

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InDesign can simulate how ink will react to various paper colors, but you have to trick it into giving you the effect you're looking for. Changing the paper color is simple: Paper is a built‑in swatch that simulates the paper color on which you’re printing. Objects behind a paper-colored object won’t print where the paper-colored object overlaps them. Instead, the color of the paper on which you print shows through. You can edit the Paper color to match your paper stock by double-clicking it in the Swatches panel. Use the Paper color for previewing only—it will not be printed on a composite printer or in color separations. You can’t remove this swatch, but you can edit it as many times as you'd like. Once you've edited your swatch you'll see that the background has changed, but the graphic contents are still vibrant, as if printed on white. Simply select the objects and reduce the opacity to 99% and you'll be viewing a more accurate representation of how the printed final will look!

Neenah Cabinet App 

Cabinet gives you powerful paper tools to make paper specification more convenient and creative on your iPhone and iPad. The app provides intuitive ways to find papers: you can compare, search, filter, and mark your favorites—and most importantly it allows you to view your design on various paper stocks!