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Adobe’s InDesign Basics for Commercial Printing

If you’re interested in learning Adobe’s InDesign publishing software for web to print, print on demand or other commercial printing applications, setting a foundation in the basics of the software will pay off down the road. Knowing where the proper tools and functions for the job are located will ultimately save you time and energy over the course of a long design project.

First and foremost, the InDesign menu bar is located at the top of the screen. Also notice the palettes section, which will show up as little windows each with their own special area of control. One handles paragraphs, for instance, while another is in charge of colors. Another essential element of this menu bar region is the control bar. The control bar will change its layout and functionality based on whichever tool you are currently using. Note that this control bar, along with many of the basic elements of InDesign, is programmed according to default settings, which you can change at any time to better suit your working style and your typical usage. The layout you choose for print on demand projects will likely differ from the layout chosen by someone working in commercial printing.

One of the nice features of InDesign is that the menu bar will provide you with access to all of the software’s functions. This way of organizing abilities, modes and functions is helpful in the beginning, especially when you’re still learning your way around the software and trying to get a feel for where various options are located. However, note that power users eventually come to learn the various shortcuts for their desired and most used functions, in order to save themselves even more time and streamline their design process. To this end, you should take note of the shortcuts for various functions as you find functions for the first time. Before you know it, you’ll be zipping along in your design space using keyboard hotkeys without having to pause to find functions from the drop down menu bars.

In fact, if you happen to be a QuarkXPress user and find yourself trying to relearn a new set of hotkeys, you are in luck. InDesign has functionality built in with just this problem in mind. In order to revert InDesign’s hotkeys, simply go up to the edit menu, choose “Keyboard shortcuts”, and underneath “Set” choose “Shortcuts for QuarkXPress.”

Remember that the menu bar itself is docked at the top of the screen only by default. This means you can easily drag it to a preferred position, or even dock it at the bottom of the screen instead. Depending on the web to print or picture images you are using, you might find it more convenient to have the bar close at hand to the workspace itself, or far out of your way so as to better be able to see your entire image. Spending some time customizing your workspace before you start designing full time will go a long way in improving your overall experience.

April 12, 2010 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Getting Cooler Color with InDesign CS4’s Kuler Panel

Learn how to use InDesign CS4’s new Kuler panel to create perfect colors for any project.

Use InDesign and Kuler for perfect color combination’s

February 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Prisma Graphic Services and Capabilities

Prisma Press Floor

 

 

 

 

Prisma Graphic has the following services and capabilities.

Equipment List

Electronic Prepress

  • (1) Magnus 800 Platesetter with 5 Autoloader/Cassettes
  • (1) Creo Trendsetter Spectrum Platesetter
  • (9) Mac Work Stations
  • (9) PC Work Stations
  • (6) PREPS Imposition Stations
  • (2) Prinergy JVX 10.4 Ripping & Trapping Systems
  • Prinergy Stochastic Screener
  • Prinergy – PDF Workflow
  • Kodak – FM Staccato Screening
  • Canon Color ImpoProofer Automated
  • 2-sided proofer with Color Management
  • Canon ImagePrograf Contract Color Proofer with Kodak Color Management
  • Epson Inkjet Color 9900 Proofer 44”
  •  (2) Sherpa 2-Sided Proofers
  • HP DesignJet 5500 Proofer
  • Pictoral Proofer (11” x 17” max)
  • Multiple CD/DVD Burners
  • Rimage Premium CD/DVD PlexWriter (6 Unit) High-Speed
  • Eversmart Pro2 Flatbed Scanner (11.5” x 17” original input)
  • X RITE PlateScope (Plate Quality/Process Control)
  • X RITE Spectrodensitometer (Proofing, Plating, Press Profiling Process Control)
  • Eye One Color Calibration System
  • Profile Maker Pro (Color Profiling system)
  • Complete Up to date Software and Font Library
  • All files archived on DAT and DVD
  • Mirrored 3T Raid Dell Servers & Gigabit Speed Network
  • E. Quix & High Speed Network Server
  • FTP Server
  • (2) CIP3 Servers
  • Kodak ColorTune Proofing Server
  • Prinergy 1.6 Remote Proofing Server
  • Kodak InSite – Customer Job Interface 

Bindery

  • (2) Heidelberg Cylinder Press; Sheet Size: 22 x 30”
  • Brausse – 22 1/2 x 29” Die Cut, Emboss and Foil Stamp
  • Kluge EHD – 14 x 20” Die Cut, Emboss and Foil Stamp
  • Baum Lawson MPU, 47” Paper Cutter (Micro-cut)
  • Polar 52” EMC Paper Cutter (Micro-cut)
  • (2) Saber® 54” Cutter w/ Baumann Jogger
  • Mueller Martini Saddle Stitcher   10 Stations w/ Cover Feeder & 3-Knife Trimmer
  • (2) Mueller Martini Saddle Stitcher   6 Stations /Cover Feeder w/ 3-Knife Trimmer
  • Perfect Binder 18”
  • Rollem TR, 35” Perforating & Scoring
  • Rollem TR, 40” Perforating & Scoring
  • MBO B26S Perfection Folder 26 x 40”; 32-Page
  • MBO B23 Folder 20 x 26”; 8-Page
  • MBO B32 S Perfection Folder 32 x 40”; 8-Page
  • Stahl Folder 30 x 40” 16-Page Folder
  • Kluge Pocket Folder Gluer w/Final Fold Ability
  • Challenge Paper Drill, 5-Hole
  • (1) Auto Shrink Wrap Packager
  • (3) Semi-Auto Shrink Wrap Packager

Presses (Web, Sheetfed & Digital)

  • M-130 Heidelberg 38 inch, 5 Color Heatset Web with Color Control System CCS Loop
  • Combo Folder – Sheeter – Pattern Perforator    Maximum Sheet:  22.75 x 38 inches, Maximum Image Area:  22.5 x 37.5 inches
  • Color King 36 inch, 2 Color Web Press / Combo Folder  Maximum Sheet:  22.75 x 36 inches, Maximum Image Area:  22.5 x 35.5 inches
  • Akiyama 40 inch, 5 Color Perfector with Color Control System CCS Loop Maximum Sheet:  28 x 40 inches,  Maximum Image Area: 27.5 x 39.5 inches
  •  (2) Akiyama 40 inch, 6 Color w/ Aqueous Coater,  Maximum Sheet:  28 x 40 inches,   Maximum Image Area:  27.5.  X 39.5 inches
  • Mitsubishi 28 inch, 6 Color w/ Aqueous Coater,    Maximum Sheet:  20 x 28 inches,    Maximum Image Area:  19.5 x 27.5 inches
  • Ryobi True 2 Color (Best for Registration and Solids),  Maximum Sheet:  12 x 18 inches,  Maximum Image Area: 11.5 x 17.5 inches
  • (2) AB Dick 2 Color Replicator,  Maximum Sheet:  12 x 18 inches,  Maximum Image Area: 11.5 x 17.5 inches
  • Halm Jet 2C Color Perfector Envelope Press,    Maximum Sheet:  13 x 18 inches, Maximum Image Area: 11 x 17 inches
  • HP Indigo 5000 4 Color Press   Maximum Sheet:  12 x 18 inches,  Maximum Image Area: 11.6 x 17.2 inches
  • C6500 Digital 4 Color Copier/Press,   Maximum Sheet:  12 x 18 inches,  Maximum Image Area: 11.6 x 17.2 inches

Fulfillment

  • Pick and Pack
  • Package and Distribution
  • On-line Customized Inventory Management
  • Cycle Count

 Mailing Services

Our Mailing Department offers a fully integrated service, which
is completely in-house, and configured to suit any requirements.
These services include data acquisition and management, CASS
certification, NCOA service, DPV validation. Prisma can customize
any mailing program to satisfy the needs of our clients.

 Dokshop.com (Web-to-Print Solution)

A unique business-to-business product that enables users to order,
personalize, proof and manage print materials online.  Its parameter-
based programming allows customization with various user options
and controls. Each site can be specifically tailored to fulfill any client’s
needs.

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 Offset Printing Services:

  •  Sheetfed: Medium Quantity Print Runs
  •  Jprint 5C Perfector Press with Color Control System CCL
  • Sheetfed: Large Quantity Print Runs with our new Control System CCL
  •  Heatset Web: Large Quantity Print runs with Color
  • Open Web: Short and Large Print runs

  Digital Printing:

  •  Including Variable Data
  •  Indigo Short Quantity Print runs, Up to 12”x18”, Including Variable Data with Inline Finishing
  •  Konica Minolta Quantity Print runs, Up to 12”x18″
  •  41”X72” Large Format-Short Quantity Print runs
Prepress  
  •  State-of-the-Art Computer Hardware,
  •  Software & Color Correction & Image Manipulation
  •  Hi-res Canon Kodak Proofs
  •  HP Ink Jet & Laser Proofs, Sherpa Digital Proofs
  •  Prinergy Ripping & Trapping
  •  Prinergy –FM Segundo Stochastic Screening
  •  Kodak Remote Proofing
  •  Kodak-FM Staccato Screening
  •  Prinergy PDF Workflow
  • SSL Secured FTP Site
  • Direct-to-Plate Magnus 800

  Design & Production 

  •  Outside agency support
  •  Supplement In-house Creative Staff
  • Develop Original Concepts 
  • Follow Existing Corporate Graphic Standards

 CD/DVD Duplicating

  •  Data Duplication 
  • Thermal Label Printing

Bindery

  • Folding 
  • Scoring 
  • Perforating 
  • Stitching 
  • Perfect Bind 
  • Die Cutting 
  • Embossing 
  • Foil Stamping 
  • Gluing
  • Drilling
  • Mounting
  • Sequential Numbering

  DOKSHOP: Online e-Commerce Website

  • Pre-approved Products
  •  Brand consistency
  • Static and Dynamic Fields
  • Instant Online PDF ApprovalView Order Status and History
  • Customizable Shipping

State-of-the-Art Warehouse Facility

  • Product Inventory Storage
  • Clearly Labeled Product with Scannable Bar Codes

 Fulfillment  

  • Computerized Pick & Pac
  • Build Kits of Various Configurations Requirements
  • Bulk or Custom Packaging to Fit your Unique
  • Ship to Single or Multiple Locations

Mailing, Shipping & Receiving

  • CASS Certified Mailing Services
  • Database Management
  • Inserting
  • 1st Class, Standard Presort
  • Bulk Mail with FedEx Overnight
  • 2-day or Ground Shipping
  • Common Carrier

 

Contact Prisma Graphic for a quote on all your printing, design and mailing needs.

 

November 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Making the Most of Marketing Dollars, Planning and Prepress is key.

Making the Most of Marketing Dollars, Planning & Prepress Addressed

Although it seems fairly straight forward, there are many decisions leading up to and within each print project that directly affect its bottom-line and overall impact. Proper planning and specific attention to detail can save thousands of dollars. Working with a reliable and knowledgeable print solutions representative is a great start; a partner willing to provide practical solutions to make the most of your marketing dollars.

 The options to save during planning are endless with a little creative flexibility. And, below are just a few examples.

 Removing bleed on an 8.5 x 11 flyer allows for 10, rather than 8, to print at a time and on the same parent-sized sheet; paper is normally 30 to 50% of the total job cost.

 Think about using a self-cover format for multiple-page products. Removing the heavier cover eliminates the cost of an extra press form and may allow the project to fold in-line; every off-line process adds to the bottom line.

When preparing for a direct mail project consider the following:

•            Processing the mailing list(s) in advance will establish the actual quantity needed and potentially reduce waste by 7% or more.

•            Sticking to a maximum finished size of 11.5 wide x 6.125 tall, and staying under 3.3 oz, can save roughly $0.12 per piece in postage; a $2,400 savings with just 20,000 mailers.

•            Fugitive glue dot closures can be applied during the folding process for a small set-up fee, while the wafer seal application adds $17 to $20 per thousand in each direction; new USPS regulations require closures on all “open” sides.

 Once the final specs are established, a second place to prevent additional costs is in the final file set-up and content review stages. Utilizing each software application correctly and carefully reviewing projects before file release are critical steps in this process. Below are just a few examples of ways to retain cost controls.

 Using a document size larger than the actual trim size of the piece, forgetting to include 1/8″ bleeds or building multiple-page products in spreads, rather than single pages, can all add considerable time and costs in to the prepress process.

 Correctly specifying inks, throughout software utilized, has never been more important. Using PANTONE’s COLOR BRIDGE® profiles to establish your 4-color process builds will ensure color accuracy and avoid second and even third rounds of color proofs. To download free support tools, including the latest color libraries and PANTONE® Color Bridge Tutorials visit www.pantone.com. You will be asked to create a user account, then you can click on the “helpCenter” in the menu bar to select the “Color Library Updates” page.

 Running a quick spell check and having an “outside” set of eyes review the overall content, before final file release, will also help avoid costly mistakes. Discovering grammatical and layout issues beforehand will help to keep projects on track and on budget.

 To find out more about minimizing costs or about proper file set-up, please contact a Prisma Sales Representative, or Kyle Cardinal by calling 800 379-5777 or emailing  kylec@prismagraphic.com.

November 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

The Guidelines for Successful File Preparation for Printing

Preparing Your Project for Print

 

File preparation for heat set webPrisma Graphic preferred file format is PDF/X-1a.  However, most printers will accept PDF files that are created according to the instructions on this site. 

We have a number of tools on our website to creat PDF files from Quark, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Or Adobe Acrobat.

 

 

Helpful information from Prisma Graphic for form and other materials you will need to prepare your files for printing.

Click here for our white paper on file preparation.

 

October 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Top 10 Adobe PDF Golden Rules

The top rulesWhen designing documents we at Prisma Graphic, have our top 10 Adobe PDF Golden rules which we are sharing with you.  If you maintain the following guideline, you will ensure trouble-free integration with an automated workflow.

1.   Always set up your document page size to be finished trim size plus 1/16” on all sides for bleed, even in the case of a document that may not contain a bleed.

2.   Select a color PostScript printer driver (PPD) and print your document to a PostScript file. Black and white print drivers will not contain all the necessary color information for the press.

3.     If you are creating a document that will be incorporating variable data, each page should be a separate PDF document. This is required for imposing variable data documents.

4.      Remember to:

a.      Create Acrobat 4.0 (or higher) compliant files.

b.       Exclude any preset security permissions.

c.       Flatten all transparencies.

d.        Always embed your fonts or create outlines.

5.       Do not use PDFWriter. PDFWriter is intended to be used to produce the smallest viewable files possible, and will exclude most of the elements needed for final high resolution output.

6.       If you are using the Acrobat Distiller PPD file, you must use the PrismaGraphic specifications. This will ensure that printing options have been set correctly for imaging within PrismaGraphic’s automated workflow. (see link for profile)

7.      When working on a Windows platform, you may either:

a.        Use the Adobe PPD to generate a PostScript file. The resulting PostScript file can be stored in any folder as “*.ps” or “*.prn”. The file(s) can then be processed using Acrobat Distiller to create the PDF.

b.         You may use the Acrobat Distiller printer to create the PDF in one pass. The latest Adobe drivers are available online at the Adobe Web site (http://www.adobe.com).

8.         When creating any document for Prisma Graphic, make sure that you are working in the CMYK color mode.

9.           When building the color black, use the following settings to ensure a deep rich black:

a.           Cyan = 40%

b.           Magenta = 30%

c.           Yellow = 0%

d.           Black = 100%

10.        When possible, set your general resolution to 2400 dpi (dots per inch).

a.            Color settings in distiller should be:

                  i.         Color images – 300 DPI (dots per inch).

               ii.          Grayscale – 300 DPI (dots per inch).

             iii.             Monochrome images 1200 DPI (dots per inch).

 For more infomation come to our website at Prisma Graphic

 

October 22, 2009 at 12:00 am 1 comment

The Portable Document Format (PDF)

PDF for printingThe versatile PDF format has become the de facto standard for file transfer. It is a “device independent” software application, and has a completely open system that can be used on a multitude of output devices and media. For instance, it can be used to convey information onto the Internet, in printed format, on cd-rom, or via e-mail without losing image quality or the layout, style, etc. of the document.

Its strength lies in, as the name suggests, the portability of the document it produces. What this means is that a PDF document can be transferred between systems, i.e. Macintosh® to Windows® PC, PC to printer, without being altered. So what you see on the computer screen is exactly the same as everyone else sees. In this way, it can be sent anywhere for remote proofreading, and this consistency can be conveyed to the final printed piece.

Adobe® Systems is the company that developed the PDF file format, and all PDF files can be opened and viewed using Adobe Acrobat® Reader® – a free download application from Adobe (www.adobe.com). PDF is a direct development of Adobe’s own PostScript® page description language that has been, and continues to be, the print industry’s standard output format. For the most part, PDF file format has gained considerable momentum because it addresses the needs of the overall multimedia market in general.

  • Simplified PostScript Code – PDF files reduce the complexities of the graphic constraints found in PostScript files that need to be rasterized by RIP devices.
  • Embedded Fonts – The type characters and instructions for kerning and manipulating Type 1 and TrueType® fonts are placed inside the file so the user does not need the font to view, process or edit the document.
  • Compressed Graphics – File compression can be dramatic with no loss of quality of the image. Vector graphic files can be reduced to 25 percent of their original size, while bitmap graphics can be reduced by up to 75 percent of their original size. All PDF files are scalable (to 800 percent) and printable on PostScript and non-PostScript printers.
  • Forms and Indexing Features – These Enables PDF to serve as a complete Integrated Document Management System.
  • Page Independence – Single pages can be sent to the RIP, rather than the whole document, giving significant workflow benefits in the production process.

Prisma Graphic has many tools available on their website to answer your questions, so you do make the right choice

October 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment


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