Quark Xpress File and Artwork Preparation
PROCESS (CMYK) COLORS
All CMYK jobs must be in process colors (in Quark Xpress, make sure that the tick box marked 'Process Split' is switched ON for all CMYK colors). EPSs must also be checked in the program they were originally created in.
All special colors must output to a separate plate, and NOT process split. Preferably specified as Pantone colors.
REMOVE ALL UNNECESSARY SPOT COLORS, especially: RGB default colors in Quark. This avoids confusion when outputting plates. They are easy to spot, if you go into 'Print' and select 'Separations' then go to 'Output', this will give a list of all spot colors made. Remember to check all EPS files.
QUARK XPRESS & TRANSPARENT PICTURE BOXES
Avoid using transparent picture boxes wherever possible for color or greyscale pictures. This can cause jaggies/stepping to appear on the edges of scanned pics when outputing plates.
TRIM & FOLD MARKS
We recommend using Quark's own registration marks and NOT manually created ones, with all fold marks to be a thickness of .25mm, colored 'registration' and positioned 3mm from the trim.
In most cases black type/objects should 'overprint' the colors under them. This is the default in Quark, but check anyway, otherwise it will lead to register problems (a particular problem when using Freehand/Illustrator). WARNING: Overlapping drop shadow text* or colored text over a scan** does not automatically *knockout/choke or **spread/overprint colors under them, infact Quark creates illogical trapping in these instances. You need to highlight the text and manually correct it using the 'Trapping Information' palette.
Please include 1/8 inch bleed on all bled pages. (Design Templates Available)
IMPOSITION & MULTI-PAGE DOCUMENTS
Please create spreads using two single pages as this will enable us to impose your document for print.
Please 'name' customized hyphenation & justification settings, rather than manually adjusting the default setting.
FONTS & STYLES
Avoid applying styles to screen fonts (bold, italic etc.), it is much safer to choose an actual printer font that exists in your font library.
With files supplied in Illustrator/Freehand/Corel Draw, please turn all fonts to 'paths' or 'outlines', particularly if created on a PC.