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Key Concepts

  • Finding Bleed Overlaps using Overlaps Tool

  • Resolving Overlaps in Overlaps Tool

  • Resolving Overlaps with Mouse

  • Resolving Same Overlaps in Single Step

  • Changing Product Bleed to Rectangular

  • Changing Product Bleed to None

  • Increasing Product Bleed amount

  • Using Cut Overlap Tool to Divide Overlap and Resolve Both Halves Differently

Required modules

  • CAD

Sample Files

Note: If you are starting with this lesson and are not using the lessons in order, you must first import the correct libraries archive found in the lesson folder. In the preferences panel under ‘Diagnostics’ click the ‘Import Libraries’ button and choose ‘library-lesson-8.phxlib

1. Import CF2 Die Template and Assign Artwork

Step 1 Create new job by clicking on the ‘+’ sign in the upper left portion of the Artboard or by selecting “New Job” from the File menu.

Step 2 Apply B1 Press by dragging the press from the Press panel onto the Artboard.

Step 3 – Go to File menu and select “Place Die Template...”

Step 4 In the File Dialog, select quackers-carton.cf2 from this lesson’s folder and click “Open”

Step 5 Click the Choose Artwork button in the Artboard Toolbar to select artwork to snap to die and select quackers-carton-red.pdf from this lesson’s folder and click “Open”

Artwork will be snapped automatically into the right position in the die

Alternative: Drag and drop the artwork file into Phoenix while holding the Control key

2. Find and Resolve Overlaps using Overlaps Tool Panel

Step 1 – Go to Tools menu and select “Overlaps Tool...”

Step 2 You are now in Overlaps Mode. All bleed overlaps between Product Items are highlightedin red. Click on the “>” in the Overlaps Tool Panel to navigate to the first overlap

Step 3 – The first overlap in the layout is now in focus. Split the overlap by clicking on “Resolve” in the Overlaps Tool Panel

Step 4 Click on the “>” button again to move to the next overlap

Step 5 – In the Overlaps Tool Panel, change from “Split” to “A over B” to use product A’s bleedmask as the resolved path for both product items

Step 6 – Click on the “>” button again to move to the next overlap

Step 7 – In the Overlaps Tool Panel, change from “A over B” to “B over A” to use product B’s bleed mask as the resolved path for both product items

3. Resolve Overlaps using Mouse in Artboard

Step 1 While in Overlaps Mode, click on one of the remaining overlaps with your mouse directly in the Artboard to select it

Step 2 Double click on the red overlap area to split the overlap in the same way as using “Split” and “Resolve” previously using the Overlaps Tool Panel

Step 3 Move on to another overlap in the Artboard and select it

Step 4 Click on the letter “A” to resolve bleed path A over bleed path “B” in the same way as using “A over B” and “Resolve” in the Overlaps Tool Panel

4. Find and Resolve Similar Bleeds

Step 1 – While in Overlaps Mode, click on the “Analyze Same Overlaps” button to automatically find bleed overlaps with the same shape

Step 2 Click on one of the flap overlaps between product items 4 and 7 or between 5 and 8. Selected bleed will be in dark red while similar bleeds will be highlighted in green

Step 3 – In the Overlaps tool Panel, select “A over B” and click on the “Resolve Same” button toresolve all same overlaps in the same way as the selected one

Alternative: Press Control and click when clicking on the selected overlap to split same overlaps instead of just the selected one.

Similarly, pressing Control and clicking on A will resolve A over B for all same overlaps and Control plus click B will resolve B over A for all same overlaps.

5. Split All Overlaps

Step 1 – While in Overlaps Mode, click on the “Split All” button to split all remaining overlaps inthe layout

Alternative: Go to Tools menu and select “Split All Overlaps”

Note: For jobs with mixed rectangular and non-rectangular work, to split overlaps between onlyrectangular items, go to Tools menu and select “Split Rectangular Overlaps”

6. Change Bleed in the Product

Step 1 Click on the Product button in the Artboard or double-click on the product in the Products Panel to enter Product View

Step 2 In the Artboard Toolbar click on the Rectangular Bleed Mask button to change the product bleed from die shape offset to rectangular

Step 3 – Click on “Layout” button to return to Layout View and note all product items in the layout have rectangular bleeds now

Step 4 Go back to Product View and select the No Bleed Mask button to remove bleed mask from the product entirely

Step 5 Go back to Layout View and note all product items have no bleed mask

Step 6 Go back to Product View and reset bleed mask back to an offset from the die shape by clicking on the Generate Bleed Mask from Die button and change the bleed mask offset from 3mm to 5mm

Note: You can change bleed in the Layout View as well using the same Artboard buttons which will edit all selected product items

7. Break an Overlap up using Cut Overlap Tool

Step 1 Go to Layout View and enter Overlaps Mode again by going to Tools menu and selecting“Overlaps Tool...”

Step 2 – Zoom into long “S” shape overlap between product item 1 and 4 and select overlap

Step 3 Ensure that the drawing toolbar is visible by right clicking on the toolbar and selecting‘drawing’. Go to the drawing toolbar and select the Cut Tool button

Alternative: Press the “C” key

Step 4 Go back to the Artboard and draw a line with the mouse by pressing and holding left mouse button and dragging the mouse to create a cut line to divide the selected overlap into two pieces. Release mouse button to perform the cut operation


The overlap is now cut in half with the left half selected

Note: Holding Control key while performing cut will cut all same overlaps in the layout in the same way as the selected overlap

Step 5 The overlap is now cut in half with the left half selected. Click on “A” to resolve A bleed mask over B in the left half of the overlap

Step 6 Make sure the right half of overlap is selected and click on B to resolve B bleed mask over A

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