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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
DESIGN Naming for Image Replacement In some production environments, low-resolution versions of images (FPOs) are used through various stages of concept, design, and approval. These low-resolution images are smaller in size and faster to process than the actual high-resolution version. With the correct and agreed upon naming convention, the FPO can be linked to the highresolution file and replaced automatically during the output stage. Determine with the prepress provider if image replacement procedures will be used and what naming procedures are to be followed. 4.2 Document Size Designs must be built to actual size. If the art is too big to proof in one piece, it will be necessary to tile the proof. All proofs should be made to the final size (100%) of the printed product. 4.3 Working in Layers FIRST supports the use of layers to organize a file. Additionally, FIRST recommends putting the template on one layer, marks on another, and design elements and copy on different layers. Some workflows may require that colors be pre-separated; layers are an ideal way to organize these separations. Separate layers can also be used for variations in designs, such as special price banners or line extensions. This makes certain that the underlying graphics are identical in content, placement, and prepress execution. This can also be helpful in jobs with common colors (cylinders or plates shared between two similar designs). When documenting the file, give the layers meaningful names. Put notes, instructions, color mixes, and other documentation on a layer, or include them on a separate annotation layer with the art. Creating an annotation layer assures these important instructions will not be lost as the file moves through the production chain. 4.4 Auto-Traced / Revectorized Art MANUALLY TRACED WITH FEWER POINTS Much of the fine-tuning of designs to achieve printability, die matching, and cross matching occurs during the prepress stage of production. To eliminate repeating these changes on each new revision of a base design, it is recommended to send all changes made during the prepress phase back to the designer and/or consumer product company to be incorporated into the base design. AUTO TRACED WITH TOO MANY POINTS Some high-end systems can now convert completed files back to Mac format as Illustrator or FreeHand files. Such files should be used with extreme caution. Auto-tracing features ask a program to make decisions about placing nodes or points. These automatic choices are not the most efficient choices and produce complex files with too many nodes that can slow or stop file processing. In addition, the files are so large they require large amounts of RAM to open. 4.4: Auto-Traced or Re vectorized Art: Auto-tracing features ask a program to make decisions about placing nodes or points. These automatic choices are not the most efficient choices, producing complex files with too many nodes that can slow or stop file processing. 4.3: Working in Layers: Use layers for variations in designs, such as special price banners, line extensions, etc. This makes certain that the underlying graphics are identical in content, placement and prepress execution.
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