I have an artwork with one Pantone colour and I need to export it to PDF with Press Quality. In "Save Adobe PDF" window in section "Output" is it correct to choose "No conversion" in order to export it with correct Pantone colour information?

  • Just save as PDF and choose PDF/X-1a... everything will be correct (including spots) for commercial presses
    – Scott
    Jan 23, 2017 at 11:41

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As far as my experience when I export a PDF and choose press quality illustrator keeps colours as pantones if they were set as such.

This is what the output looks like when I export my artwork 1]

When I re-open the PDF with illustrator Pantones are still there.

  • But you have destination set to CMYK, is that ok?
    – istoby
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:01
  • In this case yes because I intend to print it. So I use CMYK mode. Nevertheless this is the default setting I have not touched it. Just checked if Pantones were still there and they are indeed. Oct 24, 2016 at 11:12
  • verify after exporting your PDF. So export and then drag the file to illustrator again and see if pantones are still there. They should be :) The only reason it shows "(modified)" is because I edited marks and bleeds when exported. But that has nothing to do with the colour settings on the document. Oct 24, 2016 at 11:13
  • Ok and how about colours - are they still the same after conversion, they did not change? I made two versions, one without conversion and second with, the PDF without conversion looks much closer to the Pantone that is in the file.
    – istoby
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:16
  • The ones I have been exporting with those settings I showed you look more like the file I am working on. With no conversion it looks like the pantone goes brighter. Do you have your file set as CMYK before you export it? Oct 24, 2016 at 12:20

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