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Chapter 24. Print > Printing files

Printing files

Quick-and-dirty print

Once you've established your Print dialog box settings and you want to print an entire layout, press Cmd-P/Ctrl-P or Control-click/Right-click and choose Print, then press Return/Enter. Or to specify a range of pages, press Tab, type the starting page number, a hyphen, and the ending page number, then press Return/Enter.

To output a print layout on a PostScript printer:

Display the print layout you want to print. Only one layout can be printed at a time. For Web layouts, see page 445.

Open the Print dialog box by choosing File > Print (Cmd-P/Ctrl-P).

In Windows, choose a printer from the Printer drop-down menu.

Optional: Choose an existing print style from the Print Style pop-up menu (see page 447). If you want to override the current print style settings, enter new settings via the panes in the Print dialog box, then print. These changes will be only temporary; they won't affect the original print style. A bullet will appear before the original print style name to signal that a temporary change was made.

Enter the number of Copies of each page you want to print . is the default.

This is the Print dialog box, Layout pane, in Mac OS X. For the Print dialog box in Windows, see page 443.

To specify which pages will print, leave the default Pages setting on All; or enter nonconsecutive page numbers divided by commas; or enter a range of numbers divided by a hyphen (you can type “end” after a hyphen to print to the end of a layout). (See “Which page?” on page 444.)

The halftoning options

If you choose a process color from the Halftone pop-up menu in the Edit Color dialog box (Spot Color box checked), the halftone Frequency, Angle, and Function options that are currently set for that process color (C, M, Y, or K) will be assigned to it. To view or change the current settings, choose File > Print, click the Output tab, then choose Halftoning: Conventional. When you're all set to print the file, check Separations in the Layout pane. For more information, see page 449. Settings chosen in the Print dialog box override settings in the Edit Color dialog box.

These instructions are lengthy, yes, but you don't necessarily have to follow all of them each and every time you send a print layout to the printer.

Use the Layout pane to turn on Separations, Spreads, Include Blank Pages, Registration (crop marks), and other settings.

Use the Setup pane to choose the correct Printer Description , which will automatically establish the default Paper Size, Paper Width, and Paper Height settings. You can also change the printout size (Reduce or Enlarge), Page Positioning, and Orientation here.

The Setup pane in the QuarkXPress Print dialog box

Use the Output pane to choose a Print Colors setting (Black & White, Grayscale, or Composite CMYK, Composite RGB, As Is, or DeviceN), Halftoning, and printer Resolution options. The Print Colors options are controlled by the current Printer Description in the Setup pane.

Use the Options pane to turn on the Quark PostScript Error Handler (QuarkXPress's alert boxes) or to change the Output type (Normal, Low Resolution, or Rough), Data encoding, Full Resolution TIFF Output, or other image settings.

Use the Layers pane to turn printing temporarily on or off for individual layers . Check Apply to Layout to have the current on/off settings for printing be applied to those layers in the layout (as reflected on the Layers palette).

The Layers pane in the QuarkXPress Print dialog box

Use the Bleed pane to choose bleed options. From the Bleed Type pop-up menu, choose Page Items to allow any items that are at least partially on the page to print in their entirety . Asymmetric and Symmetric let you define the width of the bleed area. For Symmetric, enter one Amount value; for Asymmetric, enter Top, Bottom, Inside, and Outside values. With Clip at Bleed Edge checked, items won't print beyond the bleed area ; when it's unchecked, items that at least partially overlap the bleed area will print in their entirety, within the limits of the output device. For more about the bleed options, see the QuarkXPress documentation.

When the Custom Bleeds.xnt XTension is enabled (the application installs and enables it by default), a Bleed pane is available in the Print dialog box.When this XTension is disabled, a simplified Bleed field appears in the Layout pane instead.

With Page Items chosen, the whole item prints—as long as at least part of it is on the page.

With Asymmetric (or Symmetric) chosen and Clip at Bleed Edge checked, items print only up to the specified Amount (the bleed edge).

Use the Preview pane to preview any Bleed values in the preview window. (If Asymmetric is chosen in a facing-pages layout, you can click the Left of Spine or Right of Spine button below the preview window in the Preview pane.)

Options in the OPI pane apply only if you're outputting to an OPI prepress system that's going to replace your pictures with high-resolution picture files stored on that OPI system. Click the OPI tab and check OPI Active to have QuarkXPress write OPI comments for all the pictures in the file. Only pictures you target to be exchanged will be replaced by the full-resolution version. If a proxy of a picture is used in the file and the proxy contains OPI instructions, check Include Images for TIFF or EPS. Both picture data and comments will be sent to output. (See the QuarkXPress documentation.)

Note: If the OPI XTension is active, the OPI tab is available and the OPI pop-up menu in the Options pane becomes unavailable.

Use the Preview pane to view a thumbnail of the current page with the chosen printing parameters . The icon below the preview window indicates whether a cut-sheet print device (individual pieces of paper) or a roll-fed print device (a roll of continuous paper) was chosen from the Printer Description pop-up menu in the Setup pane. To see a key for the different colors used in the preview window, press and hold the button.

The Preview pane in the Print dialog box

If Color Management Active is checked in Preferences > Print Layout > Quark CMS, profiles chosen from the pop-up menus in the Profiles pane will override the current Destination profile for the Separation Output and/or Composite Output device chosen in Quark CMS preferences. Check Composite Simulates Separation to have the composite output simulate the appearance of the profile chosen for the target separation device.

When you're done switching between panes and choosing settings, click Print (Return/Enter).

If a missing pictures prompt appears, click List Pictures, click Update, locate and highlight the missing picture(s), click Open, then click Print.



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