Presto Print DTP Support

Presto Tips

Here's a few things we find helpful when using the  
major layout & art programs...

Quark XPress
Adobe PageMaker
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Scanning
Page Setup...
Layout

 

Quark XPress & Passport

  • Put all grayscale or color TIFFs in picture boxes; give the boxes a background color. Especially, avoid using None as a background color.
  • Rotate scans/TIFFs before placing the image in Quark. Also avoid scaling or skewing TIFFs (including scans).
  • Avoid using JPEG graphics. Also avoid using lo-res graphics (PICT, RGB, etc.).
  • Avoid setting white type to overprint when trapping in Quark; imagestters don't handle this the way laser printers do.
  • Similarly, keep Stroke and Fill checkboxes for overprinting unchecked for colors imported from draw programs (EPS files).
  • Check the Font Usage dialog box to make sure you've used only the fonts you intended.
  • Make sure all imported graphics are OK in the Picture Usage dialog.
  • Avoid Quark's Hairline rule; use 0.25 points instead.

 

Adobe PageMaker

  • Link all graphics to PageMaker documents; avoid embedding images in the file (see Link... dialog).
  • Rotate images before placing them in PageMaker.
  • PageMaker's image controls are OK as long as images are linked, not embedded.
  • Avoid using JPEG graphics. Also avoid using lo-res graphics (PICT, RGB, etc.).
  • Avoid setting white type to overprint when trapping in PageMaker; imagestters don't handle this the way laser printers do.
  • Similarly, keep Stroke and Fill checkboxes for overprinting unchecked for colors imported from draw programs (EPS files).
  • Avoid PageMaker's Hairline rule; use 0.25 points instead.
  • Use Save As... to overwrite (replace) your file; this updates all links and keeps the file much smaller.

 

Adobe Photoshop

  • Mac users of Photoshop 5.0 should update to at least 5.02.
  • LZW-compresed TIFFs are usually fine, but important originals should be kept uncompressed.
  • When designing or proofing images using PANTONE colors, color accuracy can only be delivered from an active Color Matching System or by using printed color samples. Feel free to stop by the shop and examine our samples.
  • Use Photoshop to rotate, skew, scale or otherwise manipulate TIFFs; don't leave this task for your layout program.

 

Adobe Illustrator

  • Keep paths as "flat" as possible.
  • Break long paths into shorter paths.
  • When designing or proofing images using PANTONE colors, color accuracy can only be delivered from an active Color Matching System or by using printed color samples. Feel free to stop by the shop and examine our samples.
  • Use Illustrator to rotate, skew, scale or otherwise manipulate objects; don't leave this task for your layout program.
  • Unless special effects are desired, avoid converting text to "outlines" (tracing); instead, use the actual fonts by including them in the file. (We cannot edit text that has been converted to outlines.)
  • Do not save in Illustrator 9 format -- these files will almost certainly cause problems going through the RIP. Always save illustrator files as Illustrator 8 files.

 

Scanning

  • 300 DPI is fine for scans of photographs and other graphincs that will be halftoned (screened). Higher DPI's will just take up time and disk space.
  • Line graphics (Black and White) should be scanned as high as possible, up to 1200 DPI. Avoid using third-party resolution-enhancing "interpolaters."
  • Don't use Photoshop to add halftone screens to your scans; let the layout program handle screening.
  • When designing or proofing images using PANTONE colors, color accuracy can only be delivered from an active Color Matching System or by using printed color samples. Feel free to stop by the shop and examine our samples.
  • Use Photoshop to rotate, skew, scale or otherwise manipulate TIFFs; don't leave this task for your layout program.

 

Page Setup...

  • Make sure page dimensions are correct.
  • Crop marks are usually not needed.
  • Orientation...
  • Target/Destination Resolution...

 

Layout

  • Fonts...
  • Link, don't Embed...
  • Graphics in graphics frames; text in text frames...
  • Delete unused color names.
  • Don't worry about crop marks on pages that won't be cut down.
  • No Hairlines; use 0.25 points.
 
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