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Key Concepts

  • Text marks

  • Dynamic keywords

  • Duplicating marks in the Marks Library

  • Updating Job Properties

Required modules

None

Sample Files

None

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-4.phxlib

1. Create Plate Text Mark

Step 1 Open Marks Wizard
Click on the ‘+’ sign in the Marks Panel.

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

Step 2 Select Text Mark in Mark Type list

Step 3 – Select “Smart Mark” under Mark Placement Type to make a rule-based text mark.

Step 4 – Select “Plate” under Anchor to create a mark based off of Plate coordinates

Step 5 – Click “Continue”

Step 6 – Select font size dropdown and select “12”


Step 7 – Click on “<keyword>” button in upper-right portion of the dialog to select a dynamic keyword to use.

Alternative: Type the ‘<’ character to start a new keyword without having to click the “<keyword>”button.

Step 8 – In keywords popup dialog select “<job”

Step 9 – In keywords popup dialog select “.id>”.

This will complete the <job.id> keyword which you should now see in the text editor. This text is replaced automatically by the Job ID property in the current job.

Step 10 – Enter space and press the “<” key to start another keyword

Step 11 – While the keywords popup dialog is showing type the letter “j”.
This will reduce the number of choices in the keywords popup dialog to only “<job”

Step 12 – Press Enter to choose <job as an alternative to clicking on the “<job” option in the keywords popup dialog

Step 13 – As in Step 10 you should see a list of job property keywords available. Type the letter “.” and “n” to restrict the list to properties that start with the letter N.

Step 14 – Hit Enter to select “.name>”.

You should now see <job.name> added to the text editor. You can also press Up and Down keys to change selection in the keyword popup dialog.

Step 15 Enter a space and add the <sheet.dimensions> keyword following previous steps

Step 16 Enter another space and add the <stock.name> keyword to include stock name in the mark

You should see the following text in the text editor:

Step 17 –Click “Continue” twice to get to Set Mark Name and Placement page

Step 18 – Enter “PLATE_TXT” in Name/Folder -> Name field

Step 19 – Under Reference Point Selection click on ‘R’ square and drag square into lower-right corner of larger square so bottom right points of both squares match up.

This will cause the mark (‘R’ square) to be positioned in the bottom-right corner of the plate.

Alternative: Click on bottom left corners of 3x3 square grids to the right of Anchor and Mark.

Step 20 Change X value to -2mm” under Position. This will place the Text Mark 2mm to the left of the right edge of the plate.

Step 21 – Change Y value to “2mm” under Position. This will place the Text Mark 2mm above thebottom edge of the plate.

Step 22 – Click “Done” to create the new mark

2. Apply Plate Text Mark

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

Step 2 Apply B1 Offset Press by dragging the press from the Press panel onto the Artboard.Step 3 – Scroll to the bottom of the Marks panel and select newly created “PLATE_TXT

Step 4 Drag Plate Text Mark onto the Artboard to apply. You should see the Text Mark appear in the bottom-right corner of the plate.

Alternative: Right click on Plate Text Mark and select “Apply to Job”

3. Create New Plate Text Mark from Existing Mark

Step 1 Navigate to Marks Panel, right click on “Plate Text Mark” and select “Duplicate”

This will create a new copy of the mark we have just created called “PLATE_TXT (2)”

Step 2 – Edit “PLATE_TXT (2)” by double-clicking on it or right-clicking and selecting “Edit...”

Step 3 – Click “Continue” to get to the Text Mark page

Step 4 Highlight all text with the mouse or by clicking in the text editor and pressing Control-A to select all.

Step 5 Change font size from 12 to 72

Step 6 – Click “Continuetwice to Set Mark Name and Placement page

Step 7 – Change the name “PLATE_TXT (2)” to “PLATE_TXT_LG

Step 8 – Under Reference Point Selection click on ‘R’ square and drag square to the center of thetop edge of the larger square so top-center points of both squares match up.

This will cause the mark (‘R’ square) to be centered on the top edge of the plate.

Step 9 – Change X to “0mm” and change Y to “-4mm”.
This will place the top edge of the text mark 4mm below the top edge of the plate.

Step 10 – Click “Done” to save changes to the text mark

4. Apply Plate Text Mark Large

Step 1 – Locate “PLATE_TXT_LG” and drag into the Artboard to apply

Step 2 Zoom into mark to ensure the position looks correct

5. Edit Job ID and Job Name

Step 1 – Go to Job menu and select “Job Properties...”

Step 2 – Enter “442-0016” in the Job ID field and enter “Quackers” in the Job Name field

Step 3 – Click on “Ok” to commit changes

Step 4 Zoom into both plate text marks in the job and make sure text content has been updated with new job ID and job name

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