Overview


Add and customize special marks to a Sheet or Roll Imposition to assist the offset printing press in proper alignment, trimming, and color values. These marks are trimmed off once printing is complete.


Select custom mark types for your special mark such as rectangle, duplo, registration, barcode, text, or asset marks. Design its layout as well as add custom rules to define when it may show on the Imposition template.



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Add Special Mark


In the Add New Mark window, enter or change the Mark Name and Mark Type (mandatory).
The Mark Name helps identify the mark on the list in the Designer section.


There are 5 Mark Types:

  1. Rectangle / Duplo / Registration
  2. Barcode
  3. Text
  4. Asset


Each Mark shows different sections and fields below upon selection.
Visit each section shown below to view the sections related to the selected Marker Type.


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Layout 


Customize the layout of Rectangle, Barcode, Text, Duplo, and Registration marks as follows:


- Select Printing side: A, B, Both, or Duplex to specify if the mark needs to be visible on one single side or both sides.
- Specify if the mark needs to be positioned Relative to the Sheet, Row, Column, or Slot.
- Select the marker Alignment. Select how the mark needs to be placed in the related Sheet, Row, Column, or Slot as chosen in the Relative to option. The mark is placed at the edge of the relevant Sheet, Row, Column, or Slot aligned as specified. 
- Specify the horizontal (X Offset) and vertical (Y Offset) offsets relative to the edge which may be a positive or negative value. Click fx to create a formula for X Offset or Y Offset. Click here on
 how to create a formula.



As for asset marks, in addition to the above steps for all other types of marks, select how the asset should be placed inside the specified mark dimensions in Placement. Also, define the Fit of the mark to be None, Stretch, Scale, or Crop. Refer to Fit types and their definitions in Table 1.


Table 1 

Fit TypeDefinition
None
The asset is not resized 
Stretch
The asset is sized to completely fill the element's content box. If the asset aspect ratio does not match the aspect ratio of its box, the object will be stretched to fit. 
Scale
The asset is scaled to maintain its aspect ratio while fitting within the element’s content box. The entire asset is made to fill the box while preserving its aspect ratio. 
Crop
The asset is resized to maintain its aspect ratio while filling the element’s entire content box. If the asset aspect ratio does not match the aspect ratio of its box, then the asset will be cropped to fit.


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Specifications (Based on Mark Type)

The below Specifications section shows when the noted special Mark types are selected.


4.1 Rectangle / Duplo / Registration Mark


The following specifications show for either rectangle, duplo, or registration special marks. See Table 2 for special marks' definitions and shapes.


Duplo Mark
Registration Mark



- Define the mark Width and Height. Decimals are allowed (see #1).
- Choose the mark Color from the available set or customize the CMYK values 
(see #2).
- Choose the Rotation of the selected mark type
 (see #3)
. You can define the rotation point in the Layout section above. By default, the mark anchor point is top left.
- Select the mark Anchor point to control the alignment and the positioning of the mark
 
(see #4). The selected anchor point is the zero-point (0, 0) for the placement. By default, the mark rotation point is in the center.
- Select the mark Rotation point to control its rotation at the angle as selected in the Rotation option 
(see #5).


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4.2 Barcode Mark


- Choose the mark Barcode type and define its Value as numerical, alphabetical, ...etc. (see #1). Enter the field values given in the handlebar document in the Value field, if needed. Click fx to create a formula for the barcode mark ValueClick here on how to create a formula.
- Define the barcode mark Width and Height 
(see #2). Decimals are allowed.
- Define the Vertical Padding and Horizontal Padding 
(see #3) which are vertical and horizontal quiet zones of the barcode data. Please note that the padding is subtracted from the total size of the barcode.
- Choose the barcode mark Color from the available set or customize the CMYK values
 (see #4).
- Choose the barcode mark Rotation 
(see #5). You can define the rotation point in the Layout section above. By default, the mark anchor point is top left.

- Select the barcode mark Anchor point (see #6) to control the alignment and the positioning of the mark. The selected anchor point is the zero-point (0, 0) for the placement. By default, the mark rotation point is in the center.  

- Select the barcode mark Rotation point (see #7) to control its rotation at the angle as selected in the Rotation option. 
- Choose the barcode mark Background color (see #8) from the available set or customize the CMYK values. Select the Include Text option when the barcode mark value needs to be visible below the barcode.


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4.3 Text Mark


- Select the text mark Font and Font size (see #1).
- Define the text mark Width and Height (see #2). Decimals are allowed.
- Define the Text alignment (see #3); if the text needs to be aligned to the left, center, right, or if it needs to be filled (justified) across the specified width.

- Choose the text mark Color (see #4) from the available set or customize the CMYK values.
- Choose the text mark Rotation (see #5). The rotation point can be defined in the Layout section above. By default, the mark anchor point is top left.

- Select the text mark Anchor point (see #6) to control the alignment and the positioning of the text. The selected anchor point is the zero-point (0, 0) for the placement. By default, the mark rotation point is in the center.  

- Select the text mark Rotation point (see #7) to control its rotation at the angle as selected in the Rotation option.
- Define the text mark Value (see #8) (numerical, alphabetical, etc.). Enter the handlebar values here, if applicable. Click fx to create a formula for the text mark Value. Click here on how to create a formula.


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4.4 Asset Mark


- Choose Upload File or Choose From Library (see #1) to either upload the asset from a file or choose it from a library.

Define the asset mark Width and Height (see #2). Decimals are allowed.
- Choose the asset mark Rotation (see #3). You can define the rotation point in the Layout section above. By default, the mark anchor point is top left.

- Select the asset mark Anchor (see #4) point to control the alignment and the positioning of the mark. The selected anchor point is the zero-point (0, 0) for the placement. By default, the mark rotation point is in the center.  

- Select the mark Rotation point (see #5) to control its rotation at the angle as selected in the Rotation option.


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Rules

 

When the mark is positioned Relative to a Slot (shown in the first below screenshot), select which Slot Type: Both, Empty, or Full to create rules for displaying the mark relative to them (shown in the second below screenshot)



Enable Custom repeat and Select frequency.  Frequency 1 is the default selection. It repeats the mark on every sheet, row, column, or slot. If you select frequency 2, the mark is repeated every other sheet, row, column, or slot.
It is possible to use a formula for handlebars to define the frequency. A formula builder will be added soon. 
 



Enable Custom rules to define custom sheet or slot rule(s) for a mark relative to sheet or slot.
Click Set Rule to add a rule.



In the Sheet Rule Builder window, set the desired conditions for placing a mark.
1- Select Sheet Number, Sheet Side, or Page Number in the first dropdown box.
2- Select Equal to, Not Equal to, Less than, Less or Equal, Greater than, Greater or equal, Is truthy, or Is falsy.
3- Select which sheet side: A, B, First Sheet, or Last Sheet.



Click the '+' icon to add a rule that is applied in addition to the first one. 
Then, the special mark is placed when both rules are applied.



Click Add Rule to add a rule that is applied when the first rule is not.
Then, the special mark is placed when either rule is applied.



To remove a rule click the '-' icon, as shown below.



Enable Advanced Mode to view and edit the marker rules in the form of code.



Click to save all the marker rules.


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