Pre-press typesetting considerations of PageMaker software (on)

Easy selection of the correct image from the photp CD

When placing a photo CD image in PageMaker, the file name of the image seems to be somewhat unclear, usually reading a code such as IMG001.PCD, or worse, finding that many images have exactly the same name and no distinction. If there is no sketch of an image in hand, it is very difficult to figure out which one is which image. However, don't worry, there is an Overview.PCD file in each guide on the Photo CD that allows you to easily preview all images before placing them. When you open this file, the preview box will present a thumbnail of six images at a time. You can use the buttons above to select to continue or play back the preview item. When you have decided on the desired image, click on this thumbnail and it will appear in the PageMaker Photo CD import Filter dialog box.

Choose the correct Photo CD description

The Source description in the Kodak Photo CD import Filter dialog controls the transition from the Photo YCC (Color Space) of the Photo CD itself to the CIELAB space where the PageMaker stores the input image.
In this dialog box, the Kodak Photo CD is always listed in the Source column, but if you press the Source button on the right, you will find that there are actually 3 choices: Color Negative V3.0, Uni-versal Ektachrome V2.0 and Kodachrome Vw2.0. How to determine which one is correct?

Click the Image Info button in the Import Filter dialog box. The first line in the dialog box that appears indicates the Medium of Original; if Color Negative appears, close the dialog and click on the Kodak Photo CD. Select Color Negative V3.0 for the image source description in the Filter box. If the word Color Reversal appears, skip to the Prod-uct Type of Original. If the first three codes are 052, select Universal Ektachrome as the source description. For other numbers, select Universal Kodachrome. Today, Kodachrome's format is rarely used to scan images, but it happens by chance.

Maintain the stability of the set CMYK color

If you can fully understand the built-in color management system of PageMaker, it is very helpful to grasp the color of printing. But there are many times when we set the CMYK value, we hope that the colors appearing on the color separation film will not be disturbed by the color management system. Therefore, when setting CMYK colors, any CMS Profile specified by the Workshops Printer can be selected in the CMS Setup Preferences. In this way, the set CMYK value appears on the output sheet at the time of printing. If you change the description of the Workshops Printer, be sure to change the color settings.

Change Spot Color to HIFI Color in PageMaker

Spot Clolr in EPS files can be reset to HiFi color in PageMaker, although many drawing software still cannot support six-color settings. It does this by first setting the HiFi color in PageMaker and then placing it in the EPS file. At this point, the Spot Color in the EPS file will be automatically transferred to PageMaker's color palette. In the Set Colors dialog box, edit all the special colors you want to change to HiFi color, first change the color version to Tint, and then change the base color to the color you want to convert.

Implementing a color copy of the PageMaker mid-span publication

Pressing the Copy button in the Define Colors dialog box in PageMaker allows you to copy all the colors from one palette to another, but you can also do selective color reproduction. Open the file to be copied and will be placed in the copy, select Tile from the Windows list, make a few squares in the first file and fill in the color you want to copy. Use the arrow tools to drag these color blocks into another file, and the colors in these blocks will automatically be included in the palette of the file.

Font shading

If only the copied version of the font is tilted and grayed out, it does not fully reflect the feeling of the shadow cast by the font. Such a shadow does not look too long or the proportion is not natural. It is appropriate to reduce the height of the shadow font. Set the size of the shadow font to half of the foreground font and set the width to 50%. If the two groups of fonts have the same Tracking, they should be exactly aligned.

Color is not limited to six colors

The colors in PageMaker are actually limited by Pantone's Hexachrome; you can mix 2 to 8 inks to blend a particular color. These inks can be any Hexachrome color, as well as a combination of CMYK. When set, these colors can be used immediately for any publication or image as if they were normal colors. Their ink color appears in the set color dialog box and print box, and the change can be controlled in these two places. The anti-white character compensation method reverses the white font in a darker color patch, and usually appears smaller than it is in the normal state (black text on white background). In general, the size of the anti-white font should be set. Slightly larger for visual balance.

Change the style of other software to your own

To change the layout of another software to PageMaker's layout, hold down the Command (Control) key, click its name, and click OK in the dialog box. At this point, the star symbol next to this row disappears. PageMaker automatically turns this Style into its own row. But remember, don't let styles with stars in Microsoft Word stay in your layout because there is a danger of destroying files. Also, do not use the period as the start of the Style name, as it will also damage the file.

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