In this article, we will see the pre-handling of loaded files, before they are sent to print.
In the main window, you can see the zoom buttons bar, which is used to increase or reduce the size of the objects on the screen.
The buttons, in this order, perform the following actions:
- Zoom in: This is used to enlarge any area of the design.
- Zoom out: This is used to reduce any area of the design.
- Previous Zoom: This is used to return to the previous view after having enlarged or reduced.
- Zoom all: Using this you can see all the objects of the design fit into the screen.
- Zoom selected objects: It is the same as the previous one but only shows the selected items.
- Zoom roll width: This is used to view the whole working area on the screen.
- Zoom printer width: This is used to view the screen the whole width of the printer.
The guidelines are lines that can be placed in any position in the design, and there may be as many as required. To create guidelines, either horizontal or vertical, click on the design rulers…
….and drag the cursor to the desired position.
To delete a guide, select it and drag it out of the working screen. The guidelines are especially useful to align various designs on the same horizontal or vertical line. The context menu of the guidelines in the ruler bar is accessed by mouse right-clicking over the ruler bar.
- The context menu in the ruler bar allows you to activate the guidelines magnetism.
- When an object comes close to a guideline, and if the 'Activate Guidelines' option is activated, this object will attach itself to the guideline closest to it.
- The option 'Adjust' opens a new window that allows you to adjust the guide numerically. You can adjust the guides to a specific numerical position, or add and remove guides. To modify the position of a guideline, click over the value of the position and introduce the new value. To add horizontal or vertical guidelines, click the 'Add' button, and introduce the position directly on the list of guidelines. To eliminate any guideline from the list, select it and press the Del button on the keyboard. The Snap to Guidelines option activates or de-activates their magnetism.
Automatic Distribution (Nesting)
The program has a powerful design distribution tool named Nesting, to place the designs on the media page, wasting the minimum material possible and, consequently, printing them in the least possible time. This option can be accessed by clicking the auto-distribution button 'Nesting' from the sidebar. A dialog will pop up when Nesting is selected, with a few options.
For example, the 'Minimal separation' between objects can be set manually, which will be the distance between files, to avoid overlapping. 'EasyCut mode' prints stripes along the left page side in the print direction to allow easy cuts. When clicking 'Ok' the designs will be distributed in the most efficient way.
In sheet media page size mode, when the printing material consists of loose sheets, the program will distribute the documents on each page without splitting the designs, except in the case of those that are larger than the size of the page.
Measurements and Position
When you click on a design, 8 marks surrounding it appear, which we call handles. The design is selected and we can act upon it when we see the handles.
If we wish to select various designs at the same time, click on them, one after the other, maintaining the "Ctrl" key pressed down, or else create an area by dragging the cursor so that all the items inside it will be selected.
Using the handles you can re-size the designs graphically. By clicking and dragging the corner handles you modify proportionally the measurements of the design. Moving the central handles from any side the original proportion will be lost. Moving a file is achieved by clicking within it. The symbol of a hand will allow you to move it.
All actions can also be carried out numerically through the controls located just top of the window.
You can introduce the sizes wanted for the design or the scale factor by using the top controls. To maintain the proportions, the proportional button must be clicked:
- When locked the proportions are maintained (horizontal – vertical).
- When locked the proportions are not maintained (it will be distorted).
- The corner button will move the chosen design to coordinates 0,0 offset of the media page automatically.
- You can also rotate the design by clicking the rotation buttons.
- The 'Mirror' option will make a vertically symmetrical copy of the design. That is to say, as if seen reflected in a mirror placed at one of its sides.
TIP: While designs are being moved within the media page, the program takes into account all the other files. From the Software's preferences window, when the function 'Avoid object overlap is activated', the designs will not overlap.
The program can be configured to show the objects' measurement values in different units, in millimeters by default, as we have previously seen. Measurement units can always be configured independently, in each of the control options where new values can be introduced.