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Choosing placement of colorbar and registration marks in illustrator


Question

In Illustrator's print dialog, I can choose trim marks and color bars, however it decides to place them outside of the print area.

The print I'm working on will be die-cut and would like to move the registration marks and color bars to a specific area inside the die-cut area.

Is it possible to get access to those marks in illustrator as objects? I'd be happy with a pointer to a vector based template as well.

2014/07/24
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Accepted Answer

There are a lot of options for setting up the color bars. I've included some examples below that would not be generated by Adobe's defaults.

Your exact color controls depend on:

  • Press operator preference

  • Press requirements

  • Project specifics

The smart approach: Let the printer set them up or at least provide them for you.

Here are a couple of very good overviews:

The Print Guide: The Color Bar

Printing Industries of America: Controlling Color "By the Numbers"

Color Traps

Doubling Targets

Dot Gain

Brown Balance


To get the Adobe standard marks in vector format

Save out a PDF file from Illustrator via File > Save a copy and check "All printer's marks" to get the whole enchilada.

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I believe you still have to uncheck "Preserve Illustrator editing" so it doesn't do some weird magic to hide that stuff from you in Illustrator.

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Then you can open the PDF in Illustrator and copy out all that press goodness.

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Since that's pretty tough,

here's a PDF file that's ready to use.

2013/08/12
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8/12/2013 11:30:00 PM