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duplicate spot colors in indesign

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Two questions - I am using Adobe InDesign CS5 (for the PC)

1) I fixed a duplicate spot color problem by going to the swatches panel then deleted all unused swatches. Now, when I package my job for print I no longer get that error. Is this a recommend solution for issues like this or can it cause printer issues when it goes out to print?

2) I'm also exporting this file via File > Export > Adobe PDF (then I use the PDF x/1a:2001 format).  I didn't flatten the file, but the only fonts I used were Arial Regular - which I would think virtually everyone has. More than likely this file will be printed at Office Max, Depot, Staples, etc. All graphics are eps files. Should this theoretically give decent enough quality? I'm told by the customer that our logo looks jagged. Yet, when I took this to Office Max (after placing the .eps file), and printed a test copy, I do NOT get jagged edges. My thought is he must have printed this on an office machine.

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1. You did fine here. It's always good to clean out unused colors and styles. However, if a job like this is going to be printed in one run printer, converting the colors to process in forehand would probably be better to prevent unexpected color results.

If you would give such a job to a commercial printer he would probably ask if you want the job to be printed in spot colors or if you wanted them to convert the colors to CMYK.

2. Exporting to PDF like you did is the way to go. PDF /x-1 a:2001 flattens the job into the PDF. Recommended procedure for CMYK workflow. For RGB work it's recommended to use .psd or .jpg pictures in RGB and export with PDF /X-4:2008 which does not use flattening. (PDF /X-3:2003 is fine too).

More reading:

http://font.is/2009/11/starting-off-with-rgb-workflow/

http://www.davidairey.com/prepress-tips-for-graphic-designers/
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