It’s often requested that pamphlets, booklets, tri-fold brochures and the like be printed using a limited range of colors. This might be to keep printing costs down, or to emphasize a corporate brand, or indeed both.
In this article, I will be showing you how to create your own 2 color print documents. To begin with, we are going to use Photoshop to create some 2 color images.
The first step is to remove all color information from the image. Open the image in Photoshop.
Select Image > Mode and choose Greyscale. Click OK when prompted with a warning about color.
Now that the image is Greyscale, the option becomes available to create a duotone image.
Choose Image > Mode and select Duotone, which is no longer greyed out.
Initially the only color available is Black. Click on the Black square to open the color picker.
Choose Color Libraries, and select the Pantone Solid Coated color book.
Type in 2627 on the keyboard and Photoshop will find the deep corporate purple 2627 C.
Change the type from Monotone to Duotone, this will add a second color.
Using the same technique choose 7438 C as a second color.
The Duotone image is now set to the corporate colors for the print, however they are both applied evenly across the image. To push the darker color into the shadows click on the diagonal curves illustration next to the darker purple.
Drag the curve down enough so that the darker tones in the image look more 2627 purple, and lighter areas are less 2627 purple.
Click on the diagonal curves illustration next to the lighter purple.
Drag the curve up enough so that the lighter tones in the image look more 7438 purple and darker areas look less 7438 purple.
To save the image, and at the same time embed the Pantone colors, save the image as a Photoshop EPS file and name it “Duotone Image”
Now open inDesign
Create an A5 double page spread, with a 3mm bleed. Place the Image named Duotone onto a page so that it fills the page.
By placing the Photoshop EPS file, the 2 pantone colors will have been imported into the swatches panel.
Open the swatches panel to check. This will give a foundation for the rest of your design.
Add Backgrounds, Text Frames, etc. to get your design finished. Keep selecting either the 2627 C and 7438 C color swatches for the print.
A simple yet effective workflow for creating a 2 color print.