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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
DESIGN When composing a job in a drawing program, always include the die drawing or template information on a separate layer or use a unique spot color such as “die line” so it can be isolated at output. FIRST recommends die-cut jobs (labels, cartons, corrugated) be produced entirely within a drawing program. 2. Photo Editing Programs: Photographic images or art created in photo editing programs may contain thousands of shades of color and are referred to as ‘raster’ files. The graphics are made of many rows of pixels and each pixel can have its own shade. These files have a fixed resolution when created or scanned and cannot be enlarged without losing detail. When enlarging a previously captured image, check with the prepress provider for input on maximum enlargement without significant loss of image detail. 3. Page Layout Programs: Page layout programs provide an assembly environment where all kinds of elements can be combined. These programs, such as InDesign and QuarkXPress, are generally superior for dealing with many scanned images and volumes of text in multipage documents, but are less adept at accurate placement of elements relative to a template. Therefore, FIRST does not recommend using page layout programs for package design. 3.8: Raster Images: These files have a fixed resolution when created or scanned and cannot be enlarged without losing detail. If documents with placed (nested) images are imported into another document the final RIP may not find the nested elements. For this reason, FIRST does not recommend placing files with nested images in page layout files. If it is necessary to deliver embedded or nested files, always send the original file with the job in case editing is required. 4.0 DOCUMENT STRUCTURE 4.1 Naming Conventions When the design process is in the early stage, identifying a common naming convention is in the best interest of all parties and is vital in assuring smooth production. Many times the product being developed is part of a larger project or product line. Before the design and production files are created, check with the consumer product company to identify if they have already developed a common naming convention to be used by all suppliers. File Names File names should be short but descriptive. On some systems, file names may be truncated to the first eight characters when RIPed. Some systems cannot handle characters such as asterisks, spaces, or punctuation, so FIRST recommends never using these characters when naming files and/or document elements. 4.1: File Names: File names should be short but descriptive.
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