To create spot colors

You can use PitStop Pro to create new spot colors in Adobe Acrobat or change their names or CMYK values. This approach has the advantage that it is easier to keep these colors consistent throughout your complete document, compared to managing the spot colors in the source files and your authoring and design programs. Graphics which you import into a desktop publishing program, for example, may have mutual differences in their spot color definitions. Or, the spot color definitions in these graphics may differ from those which you have defined in your desktop publishing program.

Proceed as follows:


  1. Create or open a PDF documentwith a colored object or text.
  2. Using the Select Objects tool , select an object or text.
  3. Choose Tools > PitStop Inspect > Inspector on Acrobat X or choose Window > Show Enfocus Inspector in older versions of Acrobat or click the Show Inspector button to display the Enfocus Inspector.
  4. Select the Stroke and Fill category.
  5. Select the Color Picker from the fly-out menu.
  6. In the Color Picker, create a Spot Color:
    1. Select New from the flyout menu to create a Spot Color from scratch, or New from ... to create a spot color based on the selected color in the library
    2. Enter a name for the spot color
    3. Select Define as Spot Color alternative values. This means the color will be a Spot Color, and the CMYK/RGB values entered below are "alternative values, to be used when converting the color or for display.
    4. Enter RGB or CMYK values to define the color
    5. Click OK
  7. Do one of the following:
    • To apply the new spot color to the object you selected, select the new spot color and click OK.
    • To store the spot color in the color library only without applying it to the object you selected, click Cancel.

    Saving the color in the color library will make the color available for other PitStop Pro tasks, such as performing global color changes or creating Action Lists. You will then be able to retrieve this spot color from the color library and reuse it.