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Varnish Plates from QuarkXPress
ALAP ImagePort and Adobe Photoshop to prepare and output files
for varnish-ready separations
to Digital Media Designer
note: This week we have a tutorial supplied to us by the good folks
at A Lowly Apprentice
Productions (ALAP). ALAP is a software developer that makes
plugins for both QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. We hope to feature
more of their know-how in the coming months. This week we're presenting
a tutorial for QuarkXPress, since most of our previous tutorials
have been fairly heavily geared toward InDesign. Our tutorial involves
ALAP's product ImagePort and Adobe Photoshop. ImagePort is an XTension
for QuarkXPress that provides additional functionality for native
Photoshop files within Quark, including the ability to preserve
Photoshop layers. Look for future installments covering important
tips for print production using both applications. Dave]
a varnish plate from QuarkXPress for images that require masked
areas can easily be accomplished using the XTension ImagePort. This
will demonstrate how to setup and print varnish plates.
varnish plates as channels
This can be accomplished in Photoshop by painting within an
alpha channel or by saving a selection as an alpha channel.
To saving a selection as an alpha channel, Option click on the
Save Selection as Channel icon found at the bottom of the channels
palette. Set Color Indicates: to Selected Areas. The area(s)
defined in the alpha channel specify what is to be varnished.
In this example, two alpha channels were created in a CMYK Photoshop
image and named Gloss Varnish and Dull Varnish.
alpha channel to Spot Color
In Photoshop, assign each alpha channel as a Spot Color in
the Channel Options dialog,
Options dialog can be accessed from the Channels Palette by
double clicking on the alpha channel created in the previous
specify that the alpha channel named Gloss Varnish is set
to be a Spot Color.
the CMYK image as a Photoshop .psd file
Save your image in Photoshop as a Photoshop native format file.
Note: Be sure that "Spot Colors" is checked. This
will ensure that the saved image will contain the necessary
information to be used by ImagePort.
the .psd file into your Quark XPress document
With ImagePort installed, you will be able to place .psd files
in your document.
example, two spot colors will be added to the QuarkXPress
color list, those being Gloss Varnish and Dull Varnish.
Varnish plates to be visible in the ImagePort Palette. You
are now ready to print separations.
As illustrated here in the Quark XPress Print dialog box,
a Gloss Varnish and a Dull Varnish plate will be output when
other changes that are specific for your output device and
Printing separations from Quark XPress will result in 6
pieces of film:
example, alpha channels were used for Varnish plates. However,
extra channels can be used for spot colors, embossing stamps,
die cutting stamps or any other special effect that requires
outputting a plate.
Hatem is the product manager at A Lowly Apprentice Productions. He is a
graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and has a degree in print
technology. Greg can be reached at [email protected].
For more information about ALAP, visit http://www.alap.com.