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COMMON PITFALLS
Today’s graphics applications are incredibly sophisticated.
if you’re
So much so, that many contain features not compatible with the
latest developments in printing technology. Likewise, some things can
using layer
look great on screen, but not when printed. Based on our extensive
effects,
experience, we’ve prepared a list of items that we know can cause
follow the
problems. So please, follow the advice below.
advice on
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ITEM WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Hairlines Hairlines are ‘device dependent’. This means
that they print at different resolutions on
different machines. They may print fi ne on
your 300dpi laser printer, but will disappear on
our 2400dpi plate-setter. Use 0.25pt instead.
Texture Fills These print erratically (or not at all). Best to
convert any of these to a bitmap. Make sure
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you choose 300dpi and CMYK though, and
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don’t make the background transparent.
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Postscript Fills Postscript fi lls give a low resolution repeat
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Quark Picture A ‘feature’ of older versions of Quark Xpress
Boxes
(before v.7) is that if you don’t fi ll a picture box
with colour, the TIFF inside may print with a
ragged edge. So, make sure your picture box is
fi lled with ‘white’ rather than ‘none’. Cut-out
EPS or cut-out TIFF fi les are OK.
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