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Printing to a PostScript printer in CorelDRAW

Printing to a PostScript printer in CorelDRAW

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Printing to a PostScript printer

PostScript is a page-description language that sends printing instructions to a PostScript device. All the elements in a print job (for example, curves and text) are represented by lines of PostScript code that the printing device uses to produce the document. For improved compatibility you can choose a device independent PostScript device. You can also select a PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file. A PostScript Printer Description file describes the capabilities and features of your PostScript printer and is available from your printer's manufacturer.

You can print to a PostScript printing device. To ensure that a print job prints properly on a PostScript Level 1 device, you can test for potential issues such as complex graphics and banding in fountain fills.

You can automatically increase the fountain steps in a fountain fill to decrease banding. To ensure that your print jobs print properly, you can reduce curve complexity by increasing flatness. Curve flatness determines how smooth a curve appears when printed.

A print job that contains too many fonts may not print properly, and a print job that contains too many spot colors increases file size. You can set the PostScript options to warn you when a print job contains more than a set number of fonts or spot colors.

By default, the printing device driver downloads Type 1 fonts to the printing device. You can disable the Download Type 1 Fonts option, so that fonts are printed as graphics (either curves or bitmaps). This may be useful when the file contains many fonts that would take an unacceptably long time to download or would fail to download because of their file size. Bitmap versions of TrueType fonts look better in small print and print faster than regular fonts. You can choose the maximum number of bitmap fonts that a print job can contain.

 

Process to select a PostScript Printer Description file

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To select a PostScript Printer Description file

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the General tab.

3. Choose a PostScript printer from the Name list box.

4. Enable the Use PPD check box.

5. Choose the folder where the file is stored.

6. Double-click the filename.

 

Process to print to a PostScript device

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To print to a PostScript device

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the General tab.

3. Choose a PostScript printer from the Name list box.

4. Click the PostScript tab.

5. From the list box in the Compatibility area, choose the PostScript level that corresponds to the printer.

If you want to compress bitmaps when printing, enable the Use JPEG compression check box in the Bitmaps area, and move the JPEG quality slider.

  • Bitmap compression settings can be saved in PostScript Interpreted (PS or PRN) files when you print to a file using a PostScript driver. For information about printing to
     a file, see "To print to a file.

 

Process to test for complex graphics

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To test for complex graphics

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Issues tab.

3. Click Settings.

4. Double-click Printing.

5. Enable any of the following check boxes:

    • Text with texture fills (PS Level1 Only)

    • Bitmaps in complex clipping paths (PS Level1 only)

    • Texture fills in complex objects (PS Level1 only)

    • Complex clipping regions (PS Level1 only)

    • Objects with outline having many nodes (PS Level1 only)

    • Objects with outline and fill having many nodes (PS Level1 only)

 

Process to test fountain fills for banding

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To test fountain fills for banding

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Issues tab.

3. Click Settings.

4. Double-click Printing.

5. Enable the Banded fountain fills check box.

If you want to optimize fountain fills to reduce complexity, enable the Optimize fountain fills check box under the PostScript tab.

  • Testing fountain fills for banding applies only to linear fountain fills.

 

Process to automatically increase fountain steps

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To automatically increase fountain steps

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the PostScript tab.

3. Enable the Auto increase fountain steps check box.

  • Enabling the Auto increase fountain steps check box increases the number of steps used to render fountain fills, which may increase printing time.

 

Process to reduce curve complexity   

To reduce curve complexity

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the PostScript tab.

3. Type a value in the Maximum points per curve box.

4. Type a value in the Set flatness to box.

5. Enable the Auto increase flatness check box.

  • Reducing curve complexity can help alleviate printing problems caused by curves that have too many points on each curve, but it results in increased printing time.

  • As the flatness increases, curves begin to appear as connected straight lines.

  • When the Auto increase flatness check box is enabled, the maximum allowable flatness value, specified in the Set flatness to box, increases by a value of 10. If a
     curve is still too complex when the flatness value exceeds this limit, the printing device skips the problematic curve. If the printing device skips a curve, it does not
     appear in the final output. For this reason, it is important to inspect proofs before you publish the work.

  • If you are having problems printing complex objects, type 10 in the Set flatness to box. If this does not achieve the required results, continue to increase the flatness
     value by increments of two, and evaluate the results. 

 

Process to set color separations and font warning options

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To set color separations and font warning options

1. Click Tools Options.

2. In the list of categories, double-click Global, and click Printing.

3. Choose Spot color separations warning from the Option list.

4. Choose one of the following from the Setting list box:

    • If any spot colors are used

    • If more than 1 spot color used

    • If more than 2 spot colors used

    • If more than 3 spot colors used

5. Choose Many fonts (preflight) from the Option list, and choose a number from the Setting list box that appears.

 

Process to disable the downloading of Type 1 fonts 

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To disable the downloading of Type 1 fonts

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the PostScript tab.

3. Disable the Download Type1 fonts check box.

  • Type 1 fonts can be downloaded only for PostScript devices.

  • When the Download Type1 fonts check box is enabled, the Convert TrueType to Type1 check box is enabled by default. This ensures that TrueType fonts are
     converted to Type 1 fonts so that they can be downloaded. Disable the Convert TrueType to Type1 check box only if the output device has difficulty interpreting
     Type 1 fonts.

 

Process to choose the maximum number of bitmap fonts

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To choose the maximum number of bitmap fonts

1. Click Tools Options.

2. In the list of categories, double-click Global, and click Printing.

3. Choose Bitmap font limit (PS) from the Option list.

4. Choose a value from the Settings list box.

If you want to set a maximum bitmap font size, choose a font size from the Bitmap font size threshold (PS) list box.

 

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