Adobe Illustrator – Save Layouts as Symbols
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Today I’ll to show you how easy it is to save and load custom registration and press mark layouts using the symbols feature in Adobe Illustrator.
Most screen printers have fixed dimensions for full size prints, chest prints, and sleeve prints.
Setting up a template layout for press marks will speed up your workflow while improving accuracy.
Use any of the marks supplied FREE from Freehand’s website or make your own marks in any configuration you like.
We’ve included a download link in the description.
Here is an example of what your full layout might look like using one of Freehand’s supplied templates.
As you can see everything is accounted for.
I have my registration marks, centerlines top and bottom, nice big labels and helpful gradation bars along the side.
Remember your layout may look different, but it will be perfect for your needs.
There is no wrong template layout, it’s all about what works best for you.
The key is understanding there is a color called “registration” that must be used when creating all your press marks.
This one color is common to all separations. Let’s begin with a blank 13×19” document.
Lay the marks out as you like, centerlines, gradations bars, and more.
It’s a good idea to keep marks half an inch or more from the edge of the document to ensure they are within the printable area.
Now that I have developed the perfect layout for my needs I don’t want to ever do this again and I don’t have to.
I’m going to drag this into the Symbols window to save it.
I then name it (13×19), select Graphic, set to static symbol and click OK.
You can make as many layouts as you need in this way.
Next select all other unused symbols in the symbol window and click the garbage can to delete them.
Finally click the menu button and select save symbol library, name the library, and click save.
Anytime I want this layout all I have to do is select the library by clicking the library icon and under “user defined” select the library I created then drag the symbol out into the document.
Using the Align tool makes it easy to get things aligned perfectly to my 13×19” document.
Let’s see it in action on a new page.
I drag a layout to the page, center it with the align tool, then “copy and paste” my finished graphic into the template and I’m ready to print perfect separations through AccuRIP.
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