Steve Calcutt – Formatting & Output

March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

We’ll be looking at
– Printing technologies in industry + in uni
– How to format a page correctly – PDF
– Booklet creation
– Going to create some files and use these papers in an experimental way, setting up the printers appropriately


Offset Lytho Printer (CMYK) – flyers, newspapers etc. lots of commercial stuff. Called offset because of the numerous rollers/plates, it’s not printed directly. This is the most common commercial print process

Digital Press (CMYK) – instead of metal plates (or passes), these make the images digitally, a little like a laser printer, but more advanced. If I’m ever making one off books, then use this, it’s far cheaper! In Steve’s opinion, the Offset is still better than others.

Large Format Ink Printing (RGB) – digital process, but ink jet, it’s not a 4 colour process, unlike the other two, this is 11 colour process. This would be used for photography, gallery hangings, prints etc. not flyers, business cards etc. These are Y-gammat printers.

UV Curing Printer – this can print on solid surfaces like wood, metal, wire mesh, glass, as long as it’s a flat surface, also has flexible inks so it can wrap around things, without cracking. can print white and varnish. If I want to specialise in this stuff for final year, I can use this!

Laser Printer – more business type printers for documents and stuff, the colour reproduction isn’t accurate. Use the print bureau to get high definition.

Sublimation Printers – dye sublimation inks that turn into gases and go onto the material you’re printing on, like t-shirts and stuff, for example, all over print t-shirts. You can buy aluminium plates for this, which works well for photography. Hopefully this will be available next year.

Blurb is pretty good for book printing.

Going to set some files up and make some books, playing around with different colours, papers, and how papers
going to cmake 8 PDF files, firstly A5, black and white
Create 8 images, bold text, Icons, Images

When making a booklet make sure that the pages are able to be divided by 4

When setting up the printer:

– Special paper needs to go in the bypass tray (i.e. all paper other than stock)
– Need to fit paper in the tray to whatever orientation you want it to print out in
– When using uni printers, use the papers from the print bureau, as these have all been tested

Printers menu:

– Paper setting > bypass (on its own on the right)
– Tray settings need to be changed to whatever I want: size, orientation, paper tray, paper thickness etc.
– Accordingly match the printer settings with the document setup on the computer: size, orientation, paper type, tray etc.

When printing, select ‘Print Booklet’ rather than the standard ‘Print’:
– 2 saddle stitch
– Settings > Printer  > ‘ok’ > ‘Show Details’
– Layout > ‘Layout/Finish’  +  ‘Paper Tray’ > ‘Bypass’
– Print > 2 sided > ‘Binding position’ – left (determines whether the page is printed upside down if the position was set to ‘up’

– Linen paper = ‘Special’ paper, not thickness settings.
– ‘Paper settings for each tray’ on computer print options to change paper type in tray > match on printer
– Printer > Quality > Auto colour > change to greyscale
TIP: Changing the print settings to greyscale is cheaper, as it then doesn’t charge you for colour settings! Also, if you’re printing on coloured paper anyway, in black and white, then you also may aswell set the printer to this.

This workshop’s been good, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with printing on a variety of paper types, discovering the range of printers available to us, and ultimately learning how to properly format my print setup for work, which I’m sure will come in vitally handy in the near future.




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