I have a design that will be printed on a line printer. Possible are up to 7 colors, or a 4-color process with 3 line colors.
I'm currently sticking to PMS only (only 5 PMS colors used), and use screens to achieve certain effects. In the composition, I have a group of many different shapes, all stacked on top of each other, that are all of the same PMS color. Most of these shapes are opaque.
My question is about Illustrator's Transparency panel vs. the Color panel:
Illustrator shows the different opacity of each element in the group in the Transparency panel, while the percentage of the color in the Color panel is always at 100%. Does this make a difference when printing, or will the printer understand the transparency setting of a PMS color that's set to 100%, and convert it to screens in the printing process?