Cut marks in In Design

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Topher15, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Topher15

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    Can InDesign (CS3) automatically add cut marks or should it be done manually? I couldn't figure out how to do it.

    Cheers
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I'd do it manually.

    Create a new layer, call it 'Cuts and Folds' and add 0.25pt solid cut lines or dashed fold lines in a spot colour you're not using in the job.

    Make sure you set the colour to overprint so it doesn't knock out any detail in your artwork too.

    Your print house should be able to pull the information they need out of the file, even if you send them a composite PDF.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    they're called crop marks. when you're printing or exporting as a pdf, you can find the option in the 'marks and bleeds' menu.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Crop marks are different to cut marks.

    Crop marks are used to define the edge of a document when the finished print is trimmed.

    Cut (and fold) marks (hence my answer to the OP) are used if the artwork you're producing needs cutting and folding - for example, to create a cutter template for a folder with a capacity pocket.
     
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    Topher15

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    Cheers guys. Thanks for the help.
     

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