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Printing Varnish Plates from QuarkXPress
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Place the .psd file into your Quark XPress document
With ImagePort installed, you will be able to place .psd files in your document.

In this example, two spot colors will be added to the QuarkXPress color list, those being Gloss Varnish and Dull Varnish.

Set both Varnish plates to be visible in the ImagePort Palette. You are now ready to print separations.

Printing separations
As illustrated here in the Quark XPress Print dialog box, a Gloss Varnish and a Dull Varnish plate will be output when printing separations.

Make any other changes that are specific for your output device and click Print.

Output separations
Printing separations from Quark XPress will result in 6 pieces of film:

  • Cyan
  • Magenta
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Gloss Varnish (GV)
  • Dull Varnish (DV)

In this 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.


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Greg 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.