Customer orders a 2 color PMS print. Black and PMS 801 C.
In the next example below, converting the gradient to Black and PMS Blue not only looks awful, but also causes breakout in the center area where there is less than 2% ink coverage. This breakout is unacceptable.
To solve this you can stack a black gradient that does not fall below 2% over the PMS 801 like in the example below.
The downside to this is when sending a copy to the customer as a PDF it only shows the black layer because there is no Overprint Preview.
Of course you could rasterize these elements for the benefit of the customer but this has obvious disadvantages that make this not an option.
You can of course view the Overprint Preview in acrobat with Output Preview in Print Production. This is fine if you only view this on a computer. To print in the print dialog box click Advanced then click simulate overprint.
You could set Overprint and Transparency Flattener Options to Preserve Overprints. However this requires PDF 1.3 only and will disable some editing features when the document is read back in. This is undesired.
Are there any other methods to obtain these results without causing breakout?
This is not a requirement for the answer, but preferably a method that does not require the customer to change any settings in their Acrobat if possible.