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Currently I am facing a HUGE crisis about this 100% black not being right for printing and coming out as 4 colours, in my InDesign document. My swatch for the black text is set at c=0 m=0 y=0 and k=100, which seems not to work for 100% BLACK with my printers. Please can anybody guide me to what I should do to acheive 100% black for this?

The only thing I want is that AFTER I export the pdf, the text boxes which have BLACK TEXT are GOOD for printing and have 100% black ,not 4 colors.

Please immediate help?

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Did you try printing directly from InDesign? If you get the desired result that way, then the problem has to do with how you export to PDF. If you don't, then the problem will be found elsewhere. –  Brendan Jan 10 '13 at 15:36
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what 'printers'? Your professional offset print shop? Or your personal ink-jet? –  DA01 Jan 10 '13 at 15:44
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Ensure your Preferences > Appearance of Black is set to Output all Blacks Accurately for the Printing/export setting.

appearance of black

By default this setting is set to use Rich Black for all output blacks. Which, in my opinion, is a poor default setting.

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That is just the on screen appearance of Black.

It's a bit late but this may be caused by the 'Color Settings..' being turned on. Turn off and your blacks may export at 100%K.

Please feedback if this is the case for you and it helps.

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To Export a PDF with Rich Black from InDesign go Export/Save/Output -

Then select:

Adobe PDF Preset: [Smallest File Size]

Adobe Destination: Working RGB - Apple RGB

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Note this is NOT for the purpose of printing rather for sending PDFs to clients for approval.

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