Presto Print DTP Support

Page & Print Settings

Common questions about page settings for Presto.
What paper & page sizes should I use?
What about bleeds?
What about crop marks and registration marks?
What's my "target resolution"?
Do I have to mess with drivers?
Guide to Page Settings

 

What paper & page sizes should I use?

For multi-color letter-size and all tabloid-size pages, the minimum safe margins are 5/16" at the top and bottom, and 1/4" at the sides.

Black & one-color letter-size or smaller jobs have minimum safe margins of 3/8" top margin and 1/4" bottom and sides.

There's no need to give up any of your content area in order to fit registration marks. And unless your page needs to precisely trimmed (for full bleeds, windowing, etc.), there's no need to give up space to cut marks—if we need them, we'll add them later.

• Maximum press size is 11 5/8" by 20 1/8"
       (837 points x 1449 points, or 69p9 x120p9).

• Maximum proof size is 11 11/16" by 18 7/8"
       (841 points x 1359 points, or 70p1 x 113p3).


 

What about bleeds?

“Bleeds” are when ink seems to run right off the page. For most jobs, a full bleed is achieved by printing to oversized stock and then cutting down after printing; there are certain cases where bleeds can be done on the press. Faster production and lower cost always result from letting us know about your bleeds right from the start. Everybody wins when you tell us about bleeds as soon as we start working on your bid.

 

What about crop marks and registration marks?

For most jobs, we don't need crop & registration marks. Turning this feature off in your page layout program's Print settings will make it easier for you to print full-size proofs as you build your pages, and will not hurt the quality of cuts or multi-color printing here at the shop. If we do need marks, we'll add them later.

 

What's my "target resolution"?

In many situations, a document designed for a high resolution printer will show subtle differences from one designed for 300 or 600 DPI. In some cases, the change in resolution may cause lines to break in unexpected places as text is re-flowed. Whenever your software allows a setting for the "final" or "target" printer, select 2400 or 1200 DPI.

 

Do I have to mess with drivers?

No, you don't. There's no need to change (or even know about) any special System settings or drivers or anything ‘under the hood’ in order to make files for us; of course, the more you know about using fonts on your computer, the better off you are.

...unless you use Publisher;) (Windows only) There may be times when you'll need to set up your layout file for "an outside printer" — to do this, Publisher may ask you to install an offline Generic Imagesetter printer driver. The process is easy, requiring only the Publisher CD and some button-clicking.

ATM users should run the most-recent compatible version. For best results, PCs should use PSDriver 4.21 or better.


 

Guide to page settings

For letter- and tabloid-size multi-color pages, the minimum safe margins are 5/16" at the top and bottom, and 1/4" at the sides. One-color jobs can safely set 3/8" top margin and 1/4" bottom and sides. There's no need to give up any of your page's content area in order to fit crop or registration marks—if we need them, we'll add them later.

     Page Margins
 Portait
TOP:

SIDES:

BOTTOM:

5/16

1/4

5/16


 Landscape
TOP:

SIDES:

BOTTOM:

1/4

5/16

1/4

 
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