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PMS Color Changing in InDesign

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** I'm using InDesign CS5 (for the PC) and I have the entire creative design suite**

Question: I'm getting an orange-y color when I take my file to print even though the problem section is using the same color swatch as all the other red colors in the document. So, when printed, the PDF looks good except for the top red bar ("COMPANY" text - it turns an orangy color), even though this section is using the same color - PMS 186 C - as all the other red colors in the file

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* I exported a file (File > Export > PDF (then used PDF/x:1a 2001).
* When I take to Office Depot, all colors/graphics print fine except for the red in the topmost bar (which is nested over an eps graphic). I attached a file as an example.
* Two colors are showing up in the swatches - PMS 186 C and a Process Color (C=0, M-100, Y=75 and K=4).
* More than likely, the end user will take this to a Staples/Office Max/Office Depot for printing. If this PDF was distilled correctly, could the problem be on their end?

mm-slick-ee.pdf
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I guess I answered this question at least partly in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Page_Layout/Adobe_InDesign/Q_26487340.html#a33723455
But it is recommended for printing in one-run printers (laser printers and such) to convert the spot colors before exporting.

Secondly, to view spot colors like the Pantone more precisely, have View > Overprint Preview on.

The problem is on your side I am afraid. Use the Process definition and use Overprint Preview. The rest is fine.
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