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1. Phoenix Libraries

Phoenix has the ability to import and export libraries (ie. Stocks, Plates, Presses...) via a single library archive file. To ensure that the tutorials are started from a consistent default setup, we will begin by importing a library archive file. Supplied with the tutorials is a set of archive files. Each file is an export at the completion of any lesson where changes were made to the libraries.

Note: If at any point you are skipping to later lesson you must first import the relevant PHXLIB to have all the library asset that you will need for the lesson

Open the preferences dialog:

Mac: Application Menu Preferences Diagnostics
Windows: Edit Menu Settings Diagnostics

Under the diagnostics section click the ‘Import Libraries’ button. This will bring up a warning. Any additions you have made to the libraries will be overwritten and lost. If you which to save thecurrent libraries click cancel then click the ‘Export Libraries’ button to save a PHXLIB archive file.

In the import libraries dialog select the "library-start.phxlib" file from the samples folder and click open.

Phoenix will now close. Reopen Phoenix to continue.

2. Default Units

Mac: Application Menu Preferences General

Windows: Edit Menu Settings General

Found in the general section of the preferences panel, default units specify the units that will be used for each new job created. They also specify the default units used when values are entered for items that are not related to the current job. There are seven unit types available in Phoenix, Inches, Meters, Millimeters, Centimeters, Micrometers, Thou, and Points. Note that each job has its own units, which can be changed at anytime. Set the default units to Millimeters.

3. Inks & Default Ink Ordering

Phoenix has the concept of inks, which directly correlates with the inks that will be printed in the final output. Inks are automatically detected on a per page basis for PDF artwork import. During this process an ink type is assigned for each ink detected. Phoenix has 8 different ink types, Normal, Cut, Crease, Bleed, Dieline, Varnish, Glue, and Technical. By default inks are mapped totype ‘Normal’ which represents a standard ink that will be used on press such as CMYK. ‘Technical’ represents any ink type except ‘Normal’.

Default Ink Ordering defines the order in which new inks will be added to the job. There are three options available.

K, C, M, Y, Darkest to Lightest

Inks will be ordered such that KCMY appears first followed by inks in order of their neutral density.

K, C, M, Y, Darkest to Lightest

Inks will be ordered such that CMYK appears first followed by inks in order of their neutral density.

Darkest to Lightest

Inks are ordered according to their neutral density.

Mac: Application Menu Preferences → Inks
Windows: Edit Menu Settings → Inks

4. Ink Mappings

Ink Mappings can be used to set up rules such that specific inks are automatically mapped to a specified ink type, for example Cut. This can be useful to avoid manually performing ink mapping on each job for inks that have a fixed name and type. A common example of this is the ink name“Dieline”. There are 6 different Ink Mapping types, Cut Line, Crease Line, Bleed Line, Varnish, Glue, and Technical. Note inks in the Ink Database and Ink Mappings are not linked in any way.

Mac: Application Menu Preferences → Ink Mappings
Windows: Edit Menu Settings → Ink Mappings

5. Line Type Mappings

Similar to Ink Mappings, Line Type Mappings can be used to set up rules such that specific line types are automatically mapped to a specified ink or layer name. This can be useful to avoid manually performing line type mapping on each job for inks or layers that have a fixed name. Acommon example of this is an ink or layer name “Dieline”.

Phoenix comes with 27 predefined read only Line Types. Custom Line Types can also be added.

Mac: Application Menu Preferences → Line Types
Windows: Edit Menu Settings → Line Types

Ink and Layer name mappings can be added and removed for each Line Type

Mac: Application Menu Preferences → Line Type Mappings
Windows: Edit Menu Settings → Line Type Mappings

To use the Line Type Mappings to set the die design when importing artwork, ensure that‘Automatically set die design from line type mappings’ is checked.

Mac: Application Menu Preferences → Product
Windows: Edit Menu Settings → Product

6. Plates

What are Plates?

Plates are a direct representation of the plate that is used on press, whether Offset or Flexo. Plate properties consist of width and height, punch height, horizontal and vertical distortion, and cost.

Step 1 Open the Plate dialog

Click on the ‘+’ sign in the Plates Panel.

Alternative: Select “New Plate...” from the Libraries Menu.

Step 2 Set Width to 1054 mm, Height to 811 mm, Punch to 41.275 mm, and Price Per Plate to 52.

Step 3 – Set Name to “1054 x 811 mm 41.275 mm Punch” and click Ok. Notice the plate has beenadded to the Plates library.

7. Stock and Sheets

What is Stock?

Stock represents the type of material that will be used for printing. This can be gloss paper, matte paper, plastic, cardboard, etc. Stock properties consist of name and vendor.

What are Grades?

A grade is a specific thickness and weight of a particular Stock. Grade properties consist of thickness in mm or mil, weight in gsm or lb, and cost. Each Grade also has a list of available sheets and/or rolls associated with it.

What are Sheets?

Sheets are a piece of a Stock of a particular Grade at specified dimensions. Sheet properties consist of width, height, cost, and grain direction.


What are Rolls?

Rolls represent actual rolls of a Stock of a particular Grade at a defined width. The sole Roll property is width.

Create a new Stock

Step 1 Open the Stock dialog

Click the drop down menu button on the Stocks Panel and select “New Stock...”

Alternative: Select “New Stock...” from the Libraries Menu.

Step 2 In the dialog enter the following values.

Name: Paperboard 24pt
Vendor: Stock Vendor A

Create a new Grade

Step 1 – Click on “Addto add a Grade to the Stock

Step 2 In the dialog enter the following values.

Caliper: 0.5mm
Weight (gsm): 380

Create a new Sheet

Step 1 – With the grade selected, click on “Add” under the sheets table

Step 2 In the dialog enter the following values and click ok.

Width: 500 mm
Height: 365 mm
Cost: (Per 1000 Sheets) 42
Grain Direction: Long

Step 3 – Click on “Ok” to commit changes

Step 4 Repeat the previous steps 1 through 3 with the parameters below to create 4 more sheets.

Sheet 2

Width: 1000 mm
Height: 707 mm
Cost: (Per 1000 Sheets) 72
Grain Direction: Long

Sheet 3

Width: 1000 mm
Height: 680 mm
Cost: (Per 1000 Sheets) 67
Grain Direction: Long

Sheet 4

Width: 707 mm
Height: 500 mm
Cost: (Per 1000 Sheets) 51
Grain Direction: Long

Sheet 5

Width: 40”
Height: 28”
Cost: (Per 1000 Sheets) 78
Grain Direction: Long


8. Presses

What are Presses?

A Press represents the physical press at the customer site. For most types of work in Phoenix, Presses are optional as Sheets and Plates can be used directly, but they are strongly recommended. consist of the following:

  • Speed and cost information used by estimation + ganging

  • Min/max sheet constraints used by ganging

  • Media template (optional)

  • Gripper, sheet placement, content and image margins

  • Press-specific marks (optional)

Create a new Press

Step 1 Open the Press dialog
Click on the ‘+’ sign in the Presses Panel.

Alternative: Select “New Press...” from the Libraries Menu.

Step 2 In the dialog enter the following values

Name: B1 Press
Speed: 14000 Sheets/Hour
Cost Per Hour: 480
Make Ready Time Per Color (Minutes): 35

Step 3 Under the’ Capabilities’ tab enter the following values

Min Sheet Width: 480 mm
Min Sheet Height: 340 mm
Max Sheet Width: 1020 mm
Max Sheet Height: 720 mm
Min Stock Thickness: 0.03 mm
Max Stock Thickness: 1 mm
Min Stock Weight: 180
Max Stock Weight: 440 
Number of colors: 16

Step 4 – Click on the “Media Layout” tab at the top of the dialog

Step 5 – Under “Sheet” click the “Choose” button and select “1000mm x 707mm Long” underPaperboard 24pt” and “380 gsm”

Step 6 – Under “Plate” click the “Choose” button and select “1054 x 811 mm 41.275 mm Punch”

Step 7 Set the following values under “Sheet Position”

Align-X: Center
Align-Y: Punch
Offset-X: 0 mm
Offset-Y: -12 mm

Step 8 Set the following values under “Sheet Margins”

Gripper: 12 mm
Content Margins Top: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Left: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Right: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Bottom: 21.9075 mm
Image Margins Top: 2 mm
Image Margins Left: 2 mm
Image Margins Right: 2 mm
Image Margins Bottom: 2 mm


Step 9 – Click on “Ok” to commit changes
Notice a new press called “B1 Press” has been added to the Presses library.

Step 10 Repeats the previous steps 1 through 8 with the parameters below to create a second press

General

Name: Digital Press
Speed: 1800 Sheets/Hour
Cost Per Hour: 70
Make Ready Time Per Color (Minutes): 0

Capabilities

Min Sheet Width: 545 mm
Min Sheet Height: 394 mm
Max Sheet Width: 740 mm
Max Sheet Height: 530 mm
Min Stock Thickness: 0.08 mm
Max Stock Thickness: 0.5 mm
Number of colors: 16

Media Layout

Sheet: Gloss Coated 60lb, 340 gsm, 707 x 500mm Long Plate: None
Align-X: Center
Align-Y: Punch
Offset-X: 0 mm
Offset-Y: 0 mm
Gripper: 10 mm
Content Margins Top: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Left: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Right: 6.35 mm
Content Margins Bottom: 21.9075 mm
Image Margins Top: 2 mm
Image Margins Left: 2 mm
Image Margins Right: 2 mm
Image Margins Bottom: 2 mm

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