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Key Concepts

  • PDF-based Custom Marks

  • Ink Mapping in Custom Marks

  • Tilia Labs® Marks Mapping Preset

  • Manually Adding Inks to the Job

  • Changing Ink Order

  • Editing Items using the Properties Panel

  • Keyword Mapping in Custom Marks

Required modules

  • None

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-6.phxlib

1. Create Custom Side Guide Mark

Phoenix supports importing custom third party PDF or AI based marks. All spot colors in the imported mark can be mapped to other colors or to dynamic ink placeholders. Similarly, text in the PDF or AI file can be mapped to other text, including dynamic text keywords.

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

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

Step 2 Select “Custom” in Mark Type list

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

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

Step 5 – Click “Continue”

Step 6 – On the Custom Mark page click on “Browse” under the File Location section

Step 7 In the File Dialog, select side-guide12.pdf in this lesson’s folder and click “Open” to usethe PDF as a custom mark

Step 8 – Click “Continue”

Step 9 – On Dynamic Ink Mappings page enable “Perform Ink Mapping” checkbox.

This will allow you to map Spot Colors in the PDF to other inks, including dynamic ink placeholders that are automatically synchronized with inks in the current job.

Notice the “Tilia Labs® Marks” mapping preset has been automatically selected and each spot color in the PDF is mapped to an ink placeholder with the same number.

Note: You can change mappings to map a spot color in the PDF to any ink or ink placeholder you require. For example, under Ink Mappings double-click on the Map To value “Ink 1” in the firstrow to change the ink mapping for the first color. In the dialog that appears you can select adifferent placeholder, or a specific ink such as CMYK. Click ‘OK’ or double click the new inkplaceholder to apply the change.

Note: If you start typing in the text box the list will update with only inks matching the text, making it faster to find the ink you are looking for.

More on Tilia Labs® Marks Mapping Preset

The Tilia Labs® Marks mapping preset is a preset that detects PDFs with spot colors following the naming pattern ink.1, ink.2, ink.3, ink.4, etc. If you create a PDF with spot colors named in this way, the preset will be automatically selected on the ink mapping page in the marks wizard. Of course you can also select a different preset, or apply custom mapping as desired.

More on Custom Mark Ink Mappings

Based on the mapping set in the custom mark, Phoenix will map all ink placeholders to the associated valid ink it finds in the job. If there are ink placeholders that do not resolve to a validink, eg. ink placeholder 7, but the job only has six inks, the color will be mapped to “None” and allobjects using this color will not appear in output. This is useful as you can create a single custom mark with many placeholders and use it across different jobs with different numbers of inks.

Step 10 – Click “Continue” twice to get to Set Mark Name and Placement page

Step 11 – Enter “SHEET_SIDEGD” in Name/Folder -> Name field

Step 12 – Under Reference Point Selection click on ‘R’ square and drag center of square intolower-right edge of larger square so bottom center point of ‘R’ square lines up with lower-right point of large square.

This will cause the mark (‘R’ square) to straddle the right edge of the sheet in the bottom-right corner.

Step 13 – Change Y value to “130mm” under Position. This will place the side guide 130 mm fromthe bottom of the sheet centered on the right edge

Step 14 – Click “Done” to create the new mark.

2. Apply Custom Side Guide 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 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 “SHEET_SIDEGD”

Step 4 Drag the side guide mark onto the Artboard to apply. You should see the mark appear at the right edge of the sheet. As there are no inks in the job, there is currently nothing visible in the mark.

Alternative: Right click on SHEET_SIDEGD and select “Apply to Job”

3. Add Inks to Job

Step 1 Navigate to Inks Panel and click on icon in upper-left corner and select “Add Inks” fromthe menu


Step 2
Hold Control key and select the first four inks in the Select inks dialog: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.

Step 3 – Click “Ok” to add these four inks to the job

Step 4 Examine SHEET_SIDEGD mark again in the job

The mark should now have Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black objects visible. These inks replaced the original spot colors in the PDF.

Step 5 – Repeat steps 1 to 3 and add “Opaque White”. Notice the mark updates and now had Opaque White visible.

4. Change Ink Order in the Job

Step 1 Go to the Inks Panel and drag Cyan ink with the mouse to move it above Black

Alternative: Right-click on Cyan, select “Change Ink Order...” and enter 1 to move Cyan to top of inks list

Step 2 Examine SHEET_SIDEGD mark again in the job

The mark should now have Cyan as the first ink, followed by Black next.

5. Change Ink Mappings using Properties Panel

Step 1 Select the SHEET_SIDEGD mark in the Artboard

Step 2 Go to the Properties Panel and scroll to the bottom

Step 3 Select ink dropdowns in the properties panel and change mappings to a different ink in the job

Step 4 Examine SHEET_SIDEGD mark again in the job to see ink mapping change

6. Create Custom Proof 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 “Custom” in Mark Type list

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

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

Step 5 – Click “Continue”

Step 6 – On the Custom Mark page click on “Browse” under the File Location section

Step 7 In the File Dialog, select proof-mark.pdf in this lesson’s folder and click “Open” to use the PDF as a custom mark

Step 8 – Click “Continue” on Dynamic Ink Mappings page

Step 9 – Enable dynamic keyword mapping of the PDF text content by clicking the “Perform Keyword Mapping” checkbox.

Step 10 In the bottom-left corner of the Keyword Mappings table, click on the “+” button to adda new keyword mapping

Step 11 Add a new entry to the Keyword Mappings table, change “New Keyword” to “XXXX-XX-XX”

Note: If Keyword text in the mappings table matches text in the PDF, the text will become highlighted in the Text Content area on the right-hand side.

Step 12 – Click on the Map To cell of the new entry and type “<” to launch keyword popup dialog. Select the first entry “<date”

When mapping text in the PDF we can type normal text or use dynamic keywords that will change the content of the mark in the current job.

Step 13 – Scroll down the keyword popup dialog and select “.iso>”

The resulting Map To text should now read “<date.iso>”. The text XXXX-XX-XX in the PDF content will change to ISO format of the current date.

Step 14 – Click “Continue” twice to get to Set Mark Name and Placement page

Step 15 – Enter “PLATE_PROOF” in Name/Folder -> Name field

Step 16 Under Reference Point Selection click on ‘R’ square and drag square into the center ofthe bottom edge of the larger square so bottom-center points of both squares match up.

This will cause the mark (‘R’ square) to be positioned on the center of the bottom edge of the plate.

Step 17 Click “Done” to create the new mark

7. Apply Custom Proof 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_PROOF”

Step 4 Drag the proof mark onto the Artboard to apply. You should see the mark appear at the center of the bottom edge of the plate. Lower right corner of the mark should contain the current date.

Alternative: Right click on Plate_Proof and select “Apply to Job”


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