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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
DESIGN Converting Type to Outlines A common practice for handling type is to convert type to outlines in order to prevent font problems and lock content. However, this makes the text no longer editable and may alter its appearance. When converted to outlines, small type may appear heavier and should be reviewed prior to the final conversion. When a file with outlined type is supplied, it is advisable to also send a copy of the original file, including fonts, prior to outlining the type. Electronic files (.ai, .eps, .psd) containing text that are to be placed in another document, should also have all text converted to outlines. Fonts in placed images often are not reported as missing until the file is RIPed. Converting fonts to outlines helps identify poorly written or corrupt fonts. 3.2 Custom and Special Colors “Custom Colors” as defined in a file should represent only the actual inks, or tints of those inks, that will be printed. A designer should specify or confirm the actual colors that will be used on press. Many products are printed with both spot colors and process colors. Correct identification of “custom colors” versus colors built from process inks, can expedite the production process. A file containing 15 or 20 custom (spot) colors is not printable; therefore, requiring the prepress provider to attempt to interpret the intentions of the designer. In some programs, the designer can specify whether a custom color is meant to be created using a CMYK (process color) mix, or a single custom color ink. The designer must be sure the color specification is clearly indicated. On the annotation layer, it must be specified how each color is created. Using industry standard ink color designations such as Pantone® , TOYO® , etc., will assist with proper color communication and allow for standard colorimetric data/values to confirm the final match. CMYK equivalents of custom colors do not always match. If the custom color is to be built with process colors (CMYK blend), the prepress provider must know if they are expected to use exact percentages or if they are responsible for verifying that the necessary tints are used to match as close as possible to the custom color callouts. It is not uncommon for special colors to be used in process illustration, either as an enhancement or as a replacement for one of the traditional process colors. In these cases, special separation and proofing techniques are required. 3.2a: Custom Colors. Most products are printed with colors other than CMYK. Correct usage of “custom colors” can expedite the production process. PATTERN FILL PROCESS COLOR CUSTOM COLOR GRADIENT 3.1.8c: Converting Type to Outlines: Type converted to outlines minimizes font problems but cannot be edited.
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