In some of my work in INDD, I have noticed color shifts.  INDD is primarily a page layout program.  I would stay with either Illustrator or Photoshop, where I complete all my scanning, photographic and painterly effects.  Perhaps this might be the time for her to bite the bullet and go to a program that is specific to the this kind of artwork.  

When I did a color enhancement of the graphite portion of my Monarch illustration (Photoshop), I separated the butterfly from the gray portion - using layers, used some masking techniques; don’t remember exactly what they were (used CS4, I believe).  Then used levels to bring up the graphite portion, that helped immensely!  My electronic design professor at UGA guided me.

If given the choice, I would go with Photoshop, since the exercise involves .psd, tiff, using grayscale, etc.  I would leave INDD for page layout and minimum graphic enhancements.  Other folks may also have some guidance here.

All the best!  

“OC” Carlisle 

On Dec 5, 2013, at 6:36 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi All: Indesign Wizards:

I have a graphic designer using my artwork who needs to designate a color to a grayscale .psd, .tiff, or.png (pencil drawing) with a transparent background over a dark color. Basically a light colored pencil sketch over a dark background. In INDD.

I'm not familiar with the nuances of INDD for transparent graphics. 
She can turn it to bitmap, but it alters the look and delicacy of the pencil sketch. this panel is BIG (12" x 64"). 

If it's easier/simpler in Adobe Illustrator, I'm for that, but most all her files are in INDD, and she prefers to keep it in that software.

Plus....if I colorize it in photoshop as an RGB or CMYK, it may not be the same color as the one she designates from the original INDD file, and might not match the other panels that she is using colorized bitmaps on. 

Any thoughts? 

Super thanks,
Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538


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