How to use spot color in Illustrator

Today we are going to talk about Spot Color. We will explain a bit about it and finally show how to use spot color in Adobe Illustrator. We use Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.

What is spot color?

If you are looking for a golden color code in CMYK, your golden color will not be very shiny. Colors like gold or silver and … are colors that are known as the fifth color or spot color. You can also create metallic colors if you use the fifth color or spot color with a small combination of original colors. The fifth color or the color of the golden is hot and dark, and the fifth color or the color of the silver is also bright and shiny metallic.

The picture below is a book printed with the fifth color or silver spot color. The combination of white and smoky in the use of paint colors and a little Red Winston will make it modern and beautiful. The red color and the color of the dark on the 5-color system are not good. So try using bright colors that do not have a black color-coded print. Additionally, the Adobe Illustrator has an Orient menu that can help you in the final work display, but then you’ll be able to paint composite silver in place of Spot Color!

How to use spot color in Illustrator

What prints do use Spot color?

Most often, lithography printing is the only technique that usually uses Spot Color. Lithography printing for any color you use will make plates. There are four plates for each CMYK in the four color process. However, they are just for the preparation of plates that use Spot Color.

Using spot color in Adobe Illustrator

Open Adobe Illustrator and draw a shape.

How to use spot color in Illustrator

Find Swatches in right side of Adobe Illustrator.

How to use spot color in Illustrator

Select Swatch Libraries menu and follow below path.

Swatch Libraries menu —> Color Books—> PANTONE + Solid Coated.

How to use spot color in Illustrator

You will see new window as below.

How to use spot color in Illustrator

Now, you can change the every shape color to spot color. Double click on each shape and select desired color from the PANTONE + Solid Coated window. We choose below colors.

How to use spot color in Illustrator

Finally you have the shape with spot color.

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