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Spot Color Printing and Contour Cutting

To specify a spot color to use to output a design element, or to specify a contour cut:

  1. In CorelDRAW, from the Tools menu, select Palette Editor.
    1. Add spot color definitions:
      1. Select User Defined Inks (Custom Spot Colors in CorelDRAW 10 and 11) from the pull-down list of palettes at the top of the dialog.
      2. Click Add Color.
      3. Select the Models tab and choose the color to use for the screen representation of the color.

        You do not need to enter a name for the color at this time.

      4. Click Add to Palette.
      5. Repeat for any additional colors.
      6. Click Close.
    2. Edit spot colors:
      1. Select the color you added in the Palette Editor dialog.

        They are given default names such as Ink (1).

      2. Change the name of the color in the Name field under Selected Palette Color.

        The name needs to be an exact match with the Spot Color List in order to work. For a contour cut path, use the color name CutContour.

    3. Click OK.
  2. To assign these colors to an object:
    1. Select the object.
    2. Choose the Fill or Outline tool from the main toolbar.
    3. Select the Custom Palettes tab.
    4. Choose one of the spot colors you just created.
    5. Use the Tint slider at the bottom of the dialog to select the tint percentage. Use 100% to print the spot color with full coverage.
    6. Click OK.

      In order to define a contour cut, the CutContour color must set as the outline color of the object, not as the fill color.

  3. Send the job to print as you normally would. The server software interprets the special color names and can print them as spot colors or as a contour cut path.

See Also

Color Printing