I work with a graphics designer who is a hundred miles away. We meet occasionally for brain-storming sessions or drinks, but when work rolls we need to co-ordinate what we do — fast!
One way of achieving full cohesion in colours we use is swapping CMYK breakdown.
Open Colour Inspector (the rainbow coloured wheel in the Toolbar, or click on the colour bar in any of the following inspectors — Text, Object or Chart, see the screenshot below left.)
In the Colour Inspector, click on the second icon with slides and from the drop-down menu choose CMYK sliders.
Here you can read the professional printshop breakdown of the colour which appears on your computer screen in WYSYWIG mode - what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Read it out to your working partner, write it down or make a screenshot (Command+Shift+4 - drag the crosshairs cursor over the Colour Inspector panel and get a mailable PNG.)
And they will be able to independently recreate your favourite colour in any programme — not just Pages.
In the top screenshot image you can see the breakdown of the Rendezvous magazine brand red. The highlighted text (word 'blog') is typed in Pages. The graphic panel 'Editor's blog' above it was created separately in Illustrator and imported into the Pages document as PDF.
I know that many Pages users struggle to achieve good professional print results, sometimes on the Internet forums you see claims that it is simply impossible. This is not true. Use the simple three step method I've been using and polishing for two years now: Pages - Print to 'Save as PostScript' - Create press quality PDF from PostScript.
This is also in answer to those who are complaining that Pages are difficult when teamwork is needed. With a little effort, groups of editors, designers and printers of any size can coordinate work and achieve excellent results with this inexpensive and elegant programme.
This is also useful when you need to verify colours and for use with Pantone tablets.
Please check these earlier articles on this blog:
Three Steps from Pages to PDF
Pages and Professional Printshops: why PostScript