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pdf mechanicals -- not separating - Macromedia Freehand

Help, for years I have used Freehand for producing 2-color artwork (ads, brochures, etc.) Now on OSX, Panther, FH 10 and my pdfs are exporting only as composite. Printer needs separated artwork with marks and I am stuck how to fix this problem. Anyone else have a clue?...

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    Default pdf mechanicals -- not separating

    Help, for years I have used Freehand for producing 2-color artwork (ads,
    brochures, etc.) Now on OSX, Panther, FH 10 and my pdfs are exporting only as
    composite. Printer needs separated artwork with marks and I am stuck how to fix
    this problem. Anyone else have a clue?


    sacaton Guest

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    Default Re: pdf mechanicals -- not separating

    Print a Postscript file with separations and use Acrobat Distiller to create a
    PDF. I have had no problems with this workflow. If I remember correctly,
    printing a PDF from Freehand will only result in a composite file.

    MurrayRL Guest

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    Default Re: pdf mechanicals -- not separating

    sacaton wrote:
     

    FreeHand PDF export has always supported composite output only -- never spot
    inks.

    How did you do it before? Will the printer take an EPS? I take it from your
    other post that you do not have Distiller.

    Often a print shop will take an EPS file, but wants physical separations to
    demonstrate that the client knows the file is properly constructed and will
    indeed separate correctly. You can make such spot separations manually in
    FH. (This method will not work for CMYK seps or files that contain color
    raster images.)

    1. Save as new doent.

    2. Manually draw crop marks and registration bullets using Registration
    color. Use a bleed setting or make the paper size larger than printed page
    size to allow room for crop marks. Manually make a line of text to list ink
    colors, each ink name set in its color.

    3. Duplicate the page so you have as many pages as ink colors.

    4. Make sure inks are named as spot colors in swatches panel. On each page,
    use Find & Replace Graphics to replace the separation color with black and
    all other colors with white.

    5. Export from FH to PDF, no compression, CMYK color space.

    This is a huge amount of work compared to simply printing from FH to a
    Postscript printer or printing separations to a Postscript file and creating
    the PDF with Distiller. If spot separations are your bread and butter, and
    your print shop requires PDF files, then I strongly recommend you get
    Acrobat Pro/Distiller.

    Judy Arndt

    Judy Guest

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