InDesign Black Output on PDF Export

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I often find myself designing .pdf files intended to be downloaded and printed on laser printers—nothing demanding of pre-press workers. It's not often that a printer needs a .pdf anyhow. So up until now, that absurd registration trick hasn't been an issue.

anyhow, i've solved my problem. sometimes you just need to say things out loud to find the answers. Thanks for slapping me in the face.

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> anyhow, i’ve solved my problem.

How?

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yes, how did you solve it?

i often have this problem as well...

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In Acrobat Pro you may turn on the overprint preview to see how it will look like in print. But as Conor already said: It's just the way how 100% black in a CMYK document looks like on screen. Nothing to worry about.

Ralf

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When exporting PDF to be printed on black & white printer, switch off color management in InDesign. Then the black will be black in PDF.

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But as Conor already said: It’s just the way how 100% black in a CMYK document looks like on screen. Nothing to worry about.

No, it affects printing on (some) laser printers too.

When exporting PDF to be printed on black & white printer, switch off color management in InDesign. Then the black will be black in PDF.

Yes, this is what I did. But since CM is regarded as a must today, and on certain forums turning CM off is almost regarded as a bad "hack", I wonder if there's an official solution to this.  :)

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Are we talking about PDFs for screen, offset or laser/inkjet printing?
And are we talking about black text or something like a big black rectangle. For large areas of black you may wan't to add some cyan to your black to get a richer black in offset/laser printing. But don't use this black for text.

Ralf