Plates Object (Publisher)

Office 2013 and later
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A collection of Plate objects in a publication.

The Plates collection is made up of Plate objects for the various publication color modes. Each publication can only use one color mode. For example, you can't specify the spot-color mode in a procedure and then later specify the process-color mode. Use the CreatePlateCollection method of the Document object to specify which color mode to use in a publication's plate collection. Use the Add method of the Plates collection to add a new plate to the Plates collection. This example creates a new spot-color plate collection and adds a plate to it.

Sub AddNewPlates() 
 Dim plts As Plates 
 Set plts = ActiveDocument.CreatePlateCollection(Mode:=pbColorModeSpot) 
 plts.Add 
 With plts(1) 
 .Color.RGB = RGB(Red:=255, Green:=0, Blue:=0) 
 .Luminance = 4 
 End With 
End Sub

Use the EnterColorMode method of the Document object to the specify the color mode and the Plates collection to use with the color mode. Use the ColorMode property to determine which color mode is in use in a publication. This example creates a spot-color plate collection, adds two plates to it, and then enters those plates into the spot-color mode.

Sub CreateSpotColorMode() 
 Dim plArray As Plates 
 
 With ThisDocument 
 'Creates a color plate collection, 
 'which contains one black plate by default 
 Set plArray = .CreatePlateCollection(Mode:=pbColorModeSpot) 
 
 'Sets the plate color to red 
 plArray(1).Color.RGB = RGB(255, 0, 0) 
 
 'Adds another plate, black by default and 
 'sets the plate color to green 
 plArray.Add 
 plArray(2).Color.RGB = RGB(0, 255, 0) 
 
 'Enters spot-color mode with above 
 'two plates in the plates array 
 .EnterColorMode Mode:=pbColorModeSpot, Plates:=plArray 
 End With 
End Sub

Use the FindPlateByInkName method to return a specific plate by referencing its ink name. Process colors are assigned different index numbers in the Plates collection than in the PrintablePlates collection. Use the FindPlateByInkName method to insure the desired Plate or PrintablePlate object is accessed.

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