About printing templates

04/06/2007

The system generates a CorelDRAW file using your printing template every time an order is placed. Learn how to produce print-/press- ready files that are different from the files for previews.

You can choose to generate a PDF file as well. The CorelDRAW file will still be
generated if you choose to generate a PDF.

Your options are:

A printing file without imposition, no PDF generation – print from CorelDRAW using its imposition tool

A printing file with imposition, no PDF generation – print from CorelDRAW, no more imposition is needed

A printing file without imposition, generate PDF as well – print from any PDF-enabled application using its imposition tool

A printing file with imposition, generate PDF as well – print from any PDF-enabled application

Printing templates without imposition

The easiest and the fastest option is to have a printing template without any imposition and print from the CorelDRAW file using CorelDRAW layout imposition tool.

The main advantage of this method is that no PDF file is generated which can shave off quite a few seconds of processing time for some large and complex templates.

If you ask the system to generate a PDF file without imposition you can use the file with a desktop imposition tools.

Printing templates with imposition


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  • Prepare, upload and test your preview template.
  • Create an empty document of the size and layout required for printing
  • Copy and paste all objects at once from the preview file into the printing file (it will copy all field information alongside the objects)
  • Replace placeholder images with blanks of the same resolution to reduce the file size. This step is recommended, but is not required if the overall file size is within the allowed upload limit.
  • Group all objects into one group
  • Duplicate and distribute the group as required. You can turn the group to achieve better density.
  • Place crop-marks as required
  • Ungroup to the same level as in the preview template (undo all the grouping you made in the printing template)
  • Save the file
  • Upload the file as a printing template, assign the fonts used in it and place a test order

How to replace placeholder images

It doesn’t matter what a placeholder image looks like in the printing template because printing templates are not visible to users.

The important parameters of a placeholder file for a printing template are the size in pixels and the colour-space.

Option 1 – compress the existing image

For example, if you have a placeholder image which is a JPEG photo taking up 600KB in size, you may want to replace the image with the same photo saved as a very low quality JPEG, but the same resolution/dimensions in pixels.

Option 2 – create a blank image

You can make a Jpeg file with a uniform (solid) fill with the same dimensions as the placeholder and save it as a low quality JPEG.

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