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The aim of this article is to provide a compact overview on the subject of PDF/A and colors. More detailed information about this topic is available on the PDF/A Competence Centers website. Especially recommended is the Technical Note TN0002 – Color in PDF/A-1.
The article provides several user examples based on Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. There are also numerous other PDF/A tools which are not mentioned here.
What makes PDF/A unique and special? The following items are important for long-term archiving:
The visual appearance should be guaranteed over a long period of time. In addition, it must be ensured that the PDF file can be (correctly) visually reproduced on any (including future!) output device.
In order to achieve this, all of the necessary resources must be embedded in the PDF file, for example text, vector graphics, images and fonts.
The colors must also be exactly defined. This is achieved by means of ICC-based colors and device colors with output intents.
There are numerous object types in PDF files that can be colored.
The category page objects includes images, vector graphics, text, Type3 fonts and patterns.
Comments / Annotations also include colored objects that one may not expect at first, for example form fields, digital signatures, links (visible borders) and of course the annotations themselves.
Device colors only describe a portion of an (undefined) color (for example 80% red, 80% green, 0% blue). Device colors result in varying colors when reproduced on different output devices. Even the color of the paper can have an influence.
Due to this, PDF files can look different according to the output device:
Laser color printer
The divers color ranges of the individual color spaces are responsible for these color variations. This can be demonstrated by using 3D-models:
AdobeRGB vs. sRGB
IsoCoated vs. IsoNewspaper
PDF works with the following color spaces:
Device dependent color spaces include RGB, CMYK and Grey.
Media-independent colors are CIELAb, the calibrated colors CalRGB and CalGray, as well as ICC-based colors (RGB, CMYK and Grey)
In addition, special colors can be found in PDF files, including spot colors, (for example pantone, HKS), DeviceN, separation, indexed colors as well as patterns.
This standard format is used to characterize the color properties from input devices (cameras, scanners), viewing devices (monitors) and finally output devices (color printers, print processes).
ICC profiles are defined by the International Color Consortium. There is also an ISO standard (ISO 15076). ICC profiles are used in PDF for defining ICC-based colors and as output intents (OutputIntent).
More information on this topic can be found on the International Color Consortium website.
Here, a device independent color definition is used for every object with help of an ICC profile. One has the possibility of embedding the definition when constructing the object (like in Photoshop) or allocating the color spaces in Distiller.
Note: not all applications support an integrated color management.
The characterization of all device colors is implemented using a single ICC profile (valid for the entire document). With PDF/A, the ICC profile of the output intent must always be embedded (a simple reference is not permitted).
All types of ICC profiles are possible in PDF/A:
With Acrobat 8.0 Professional one can select the desired OutputIntent during the conversion process, when PDF/A is created by means of Preflight.
In Acrobat Distiller 8.0 Professional, the OutputIntent can be identified when setting up the job options.
Note: Distiller 7.0 Professional creates non-conforming PDF/A files, because it uses provisional parameters only.
There are common standard profiles depending on the program or area of application.
Office files use sRGB (defined by Microsoft and HP).
Low-end cameras frequently work with sRGB, whereas high-end cameras often employ AdobeRGB.
As a general rule, graphics use the monitors profile or AdobeRGB.
When printing with the sheet-fed offset method, ISO coated V2 (ECI) and ISO Uncoated (ECI) are common profiles.
ISO WebCoated (ECI) or SWOP (in the USA) are usually applied with web-fed offset printing.
ISO Newspaper (IFRA) is a special profile for printing newspapers.
Output intent Device Gray Device RGB Device CMYK Calibrated ICC-based
Grayscale ? – – ?
RGB ? ? – ?
CMYK ? – ? ?
No output intent – – – ?
Offset and gravure profiles
By Stephan Jaeggi, PrePress-Consulting
Translated from the German original by Reeves & Partner GmbH