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So I'm making dozens of maps in Illustrator that are two color, cyan and black. I'm bringing in layers from other maps that are four color. I have caught myself a few times forgetting to change the CMYK values in the new map as I bring them in (eliminating M and Y). Is there any way, other than selecting layer by layer, to confirm that my file only contains C and K on all layers? Some of my blacks are 0-0-0-100 and some are 100K grayscale. Seems like I found a way once but I've since forgotten...

This would be a huge time saver, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
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You can always check the separations.

After you click print, look at the output options. Under Mode look at separations (it might be grayed out if your printer doesn't support this, in that case change the printer to a PDF or PostScript). It will list the inks used. If no M or Y are in the file, there won't be a printer icon beside the ink name.

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Thanks- that was the method I had forgotten.
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Thanks- that was the method I had forgotten.



For me I just select the/an object and then go to Select--Same--Fill or Stroke color.

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Save as a PDF and view in Acrobat, using the Output Preview tool (Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview). You can turn off the magenta and yellow layers here and see if anything changes. Saves paper.

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Save as a PDF and view in Acrobat, using the Output Preview tool (Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview). You can turn off the magenta and yellow layers here and see if anything changes. Saves paper.


Hi Nat,

I don't actually print the separations, I just look at the window in AI that shows what separations you have in your document. I then cancel out of the print dialogue box. No wasting paper here!




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