How do I select Color and Transparency Flattener settings for PPML, Creo VPS, or Xerox VIPP output?

This information applies to all versions of DesignMerge for QuarkXPress. Additionally, this information applies to versions of DesignMerge for InDesign that precede v5.50 (CS5/CS5.5) and v6.50 (CS6). However, this information does not apply to more recent versions of DesignMerge.  Starting with DesignMerge v5.50 and v6.50 for InDesign, the PPML and Creo VPS Print Drivers provide the ability to review and select these settings on the Print Driver's dialog window. Please contact Meadows Publishing Solutions if you are interested in upgrading your DesignMerge software for InDesign.

 

NOTE: This information does not apply to the DesignMerge PostScript Driver, which applies the Color and Transparency settings that you select in the Print window.

 

If you are using a version of the PPML, Creo VPS, and Xerox VIPP Native Mode Drivers that has not been enhanced to Color and Transparency Flattener settings on the Print Driver dialog window, then these Print Drivers will apply your page layout application's default EPS Export Color and Transparency Flattener settings. For example, if your application's default EPS Export Color setting is Grayscale, then these Print Drivers will produce Grayscale EPS output. 

 

To select different EPS Color and Transparency Flattener settings for your DesignMerge PPML, Creo VPS, or Xerox VIPP Native Mode Driver output, change your application's EPS Export settings to the settings that you would like the Print Driver to apply and then use the DesignMerge Print Driver to produce your variable data output. 

 

For example, in InDesign, before you use one of these DesignMerge Print Drivers on a document, do the following: 

  1. Open the InDesign File menu, and choose Export
  2. On the Export window, choose EPS for the Format
  3. When ready, click Save and you will then be prompted to choose EPS Export settings. 
  4. Choose the Color and Transparency Flattener settings that are appropriate for this job.
  5. When ready, save the EPS file wherever you wish (you will not be using this EPS file so you can delete the EPS file when finished). This stores these EPS Export settings as the application's new EPS Export defaults.

In QuarkXPress, before you use one of these DesignMerge Print Drivers on a document, do the following:

  1. Open the QuarkXPress File menu, and choose Export > Page as EPS
  2. On the Save Page as EPS window, click the Options button. This will open a second Save Page as EPS window where you may select the appropriate Color and Transparency settings. 
  3. When finished, click the OK button to close this window. This will return you to the first Save Page as EPS window. 
  4. Save the EPS file wherever you wish (you will not be using this EPS file so you can delete the EPS file when finished). This stores these EPS Export settings as the application's new EPS Export defaults.

For more information about any of these DesignMerge Print Drivers, see their manuals which are available in PDF format in your DesignMerge product folder, which the DesignMerge installer places by default in your system's Applications or Program Files folder.