Save Film Film with Nesting…AccuRIP Ruby and Adobe Illustrator Guide
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Separation Nesting is a great and easy way to save film! Open AccuRIP. From the File Menu choose Edit Configuration. Select your media type. Sheets or rolls and what size? If you are using rolls you can set the size and leave it. If you’re using sheets and you decide to change sheet size at some point just come back here and let AccuRIP know so it can keep helping you nest properly. The key is to have the media size settings in AccuRIP match the film media size loaded into the printer.
Now that the media size is set, when the artwork’s artboard is half the width or smaller than your film’s printable width area AccuRIP will automatically nest as many separations as possible across the film before starting the next row across. The magic is in the math.
For this walkthrough we’ll be using a 13×19” sheet of film. Our example image is a small 5 color design on a 13”x19” artboard. If we print now there will be only one separation per sheet. That’s a waste of film! Let’s save film. All it takes is to resize the artboard so it’s small enough to print side by side on one film.
In this case the film is 13×19 which has a printable area of 12×18. A 6×6 artboard is half the width and a third of the height allowing AccuRIP to automatically nest all 5 separations on a single sheet of film.
When using Adobe Illustrator the steps to change the artboard size are the same on Mac and Windows. First, go to the window menu then click Properties. From the Properties window click Document Setup, Edit Artboards, type in the values you want for height (H) and width (W), in this case 6”x6”, then click exit to exit this feature.
When you’re ready to print, open the print window, choose the AccuRIP printer driver, click the Media Size dropdown menu, select Custom, and uncheck auto-rotate. Adobe Illustrator auto fills in the artboard dimensions, in this case 6”x6”. Click output, change Composite to Separations, choose all the colors you wish to print, then click print.
This is what the printed and nested result will be. That’s a lot of saved film!
Just remember whenever you desire nested separations from a single file and if you change your film sheet size in the printer you’ll have to match that media size in AccuRIP to allow the magic to happen. These are the only times you will have to do this.
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