I have a method that seems very archaic but its the only one I know.
Add three blank channels (for cmy), move the gray channel to the black and then convert to cmyk. Then I take the spot channel and paste it to cmyk and do a channel mix to convert that layer to the proper process match equivalent.
Thanks, Alan – that’s pretty close to what I ended up doing. I pasted the two layers into a new empty CMYK document, then merged them with the Merge Spot Colour command.
Just never sure if there’s a ‘Multichannel to CMYK’ button lurking somewhere!
I was kinda hoping someone would have chimed and and said just do "command-this", but alas no luck.
just do "command-this"
(Sorry about that — but if I didn’t respond, someone else would’ve.) 🙂
Multichannel to Grayscale to CMYK then merge spot.
Make sure you have the black channel selected before you go from Multichannel to Grayscale due to a bug that will throw out the spot channel. The whole thing is retarded and will never be fixed.
Merge spot–it was so simple all along. Dopeslap to me for not reading the manual.
Everyone is welcome. It’s too bad the application is such Swiss cheese.
I assume there just isn’t enough call for it. If there had been a way to make spot channels work like cmyk (e.g. knockout as a preference rather than overprint), when I was doing magazine covers with the logo in a spot color it would have been a great time saver.
However the past couple of years I’ve done 99.9 percent 4c only, probrably like 99.9 percent of the user out there.
Sloppy is as sloppy does and is a reflection of sloppy coding.