Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide Bring out

Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide Bring out
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800/1000 Presses
FreeFlow® Print Server
Clear Dry Ink
User Guide
Helpful Tips when Designing
with Clear Dry Ink
• Dry Ink in itself adds a certain amount of
sheen to the page. To maximise the effect
of adding Clear Dry Ink to your design,
make sure to place your clear elements on
top of or next to light colours.
• Paper sheen is important too. Use matte or
dull coated papers for best results.
• If clear elements are not printing correctly:
– Check your layers. The clear layer needs
to be at the top of all other layers. All
clear elements need to be located on
the clear layer at the top of all other
• Covering an entire image with Clear Dry
Ink will even out the sheen and enhance
the depth across the image.
• Check your PDF file in AcrobatPro Print
Preview before sending it to the print
provider: Advanced > Print Production >
Output Preview. Check > Simulate
• Make sure you follow all the steps to save
your PDF correctly. (See page 11)
• If a clear element has knocked out the
image below, make sure that you have
specified overprint.
– Make sure the designated name for Clear
Dry Ink has been set up correctly and the
name is the same across all programs
used. Names are case sensitive.
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• If applying Clear Dry Ink in Photoshop,
make sure the correct name has been
assigned to the Spot Channel. Names
are case sensitive and must match
among all files.
• Don’t use transparency functions
in your layout program.
Xerox FreeFlow Print Server
Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Bring out the shine!
Printing Clear Dry Ink with the
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server
Printing with Clear Dry Ink
Using Xerox FreeFlow Print
Server Tools
Adding Spot Colour Names
for Clear
Hints and Tips
InDesign File Setup for
Clear Dry Ink
Helpful Tips when Designing
with Clear Dry Ink
It’s important to choose the correct settings
when saving a PDF for printing with
Clear Dry Ink.
1. From the main menu select:
File > Adobe PDF Presets > Press Quality
and click save.
2. Under Compatibility choose Acrobat 6
or higher.
3. Under General check > Create Acrobat
Layers. (Example E)
4. Select Compression >
Colour Images
Do Not Downsample
Compression > JPEG
Images Quality > Maximum
Greyscale Images
Do Not Downsample
Compression > JPEG
Images Quality > Maximum
Monochrome Images
Do Not Downsample
CCITT Group 4 (Example F)
5. Select Marks and Bleeds >
Set up Marks and Bleeds if desired.
6. Select Output > Colour
Colour Conversion > No Colour
Profile Inclusion Policy > Include All RGB
and Tagged source CMYK Profiles.
7. Click on Ink Manager and make sure
the box for All Spots to Process is
unchecked. (Example G)
Adding Clear to Variable Data
Files with VIPP® Pro Publisher
8. Click on Save Preset and name it. We
suggest Xerox Digital Press Clear.
The use of Clear in variable data applications
is supported with VPP 8.0 SP3 at the client,
and requires FreeFlow® VI Interpreter 8.0d
at the server.
Checking Your PDF
1. Open your PDF in Acrobat® Professional.
2. From the main menu select:
Advanced > Print Production > Output
Preview. Check > Simulate Overprinting.
If your file is set up correctly, all areas
designated in Clear should be visible and
on a separate layer. If you mouse over
Clear areas, the percentage should
indicate the amount of Clear applied to
the area. If 0% Clear shows, Clear has not
been set up correctly.
Hint: If your layout file contains a raster
image with a spot channel for Clear,
you will not see your image in PDF until
you turn on Output Preview and click
on Simulate Overprinting. Only the area
designated to print with Clear will be
visible. If your clear area is transparent
and your image shows, your file was not
set up correctly.
VIPP Pro Publisher (VPP) is an application
plug-in for use with Adobe® InDesign (CS3
and later). It is designed to allow a graphic
artist to:
• Create applications that contain variable
• Export those applications to a VI Container
(VPC) file.
• Print the application at production speed
on a Xerox® VIPP Pro-enabled print device.
• Process the VPC using VI Designer,
VI Explorer, or VI PDF Originator.
In addition, VPP allows the graphic artist
to do all of that without having to learn
VIPP programming techniques or the
VIPP Pro language. For more information on
VIPP Pro Publisher (VDP) printing, see the
user guide that comes with the software kit.
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
InDesign File Setup for Clear Dry Ink
Setting Up Your InDesign File for
Printing with Clear Dry Ink
1. Add a new layer in the layers palette and
name it Clear. (Example A)
2. Move the clear layer to the top in the
layers palette.
3. Add a new colour in the swatches palette
and name it Clear.
Important: This is the default in some
DFEs. It’s very important to use the same
swatch name across all applications you
might use. The swatch name is case
sensitive. (Example B)
4. Designate the Colour Type as Spot.
5. Set the Colour Mode to CMYK: 0/100/0/0.
You can choose any of the 4 process
colours and set it to 100%.
6. Assign the colour Clear to fills and strokes
of text or shapes created in InDesign and
move them to the clear layer.
7. To print clear over an image, text or
graphic, set it to overprint so it will
not knock out any image below. Select
Window > Attributes > Overprint Fill
and/or Stroke. (Example C)
Graphics from Adobe Illustrator
Vector graphics can be pasted into InDesign
and designated to print with Clear Dry Ink
as a watermark or to print over colours or
Creating Raster Effects with
Adobe Photoshop
1. Copy and paste a graphic from Illustrator
into your InDesign document.
To highlight an area of your image with a
soft edge and/or a gradient fill, add a spot
channel for Clear Dry Ink in your Photoshop
file. Save it as a TIFF or PSD file and place it
into InDesign on the clear layer.
2. Designate the fill and/or line to be Clear.
Creating a spot channel in Photoshop:
3. Move all clear elements to the clear layer.
1. Open an image in Photoshop.
4. Set all clear elements to overprint.
2. Create a new path or select a shape.
Tinted Effects
3. With your shape selected, add a new
spot channel. (Example D)
A tinted effect is created by layering two
identical objects on top of each other. The
objects on the top layer will print with Clear
Dry Ink allowing the colour from the object
below to show through.
1. Paste or create a vector graphic.
2. Apply a colour or tint to it.
3. Copy your graphic and paste in place on
the clear layer. It is important that the
graphic to print in Clear Dry Ink be located
on your clear layer.
4. Apply the colour Clear from the colour
Printing Clear Dry Ink with the
Xerox FreeFlow Print Server
With Xerox® FreeFlow Print Server, it’s easy to print with Clear Dry Ink to
create the customised spot or flood effects designed into your customers’
files. FreeFlow Print Server release 8.0 SP2 for the Xerox® Colour 800/1000 Presses
also enables you to select settings at the server for adding Clear Dry Ink – and
adding value to your customers’ output. This guide shows you the simple steps
to take at the server to print with Clear Dry Ink through the use of information
embedded within a job or by using the server options. It also includes instructions
for designers on how to set up their files correctly to print with Clear Dry Ink.
a. Name the new spot channel Clear
or use the same name as your
clear ink swatch in InDesign.
b. Select Colour > M 100% or the same
colour chosen in InDesign.
c. Select % value if desired.
4. Save as PSD or TIFF with spot colour
5. Place into InDesign on the clear layer.
Note: To see your image in your PDF file,
select Advanced > Print Production >
Output Preview and click on Simulate
5. Chose Window > Attributes > Overprint
Fill and/or Stroke. (Example C)
Clear Dry Ink Overview
Standard with each press are four dry ink stations – one each for CMYK
colour. The fifth station, located on the far right, is designated for
optional Clear Dry Ink.
With Clear Dry Ink, you can:
• Flood an entire page or a document – fully covers pages to enhance
the appearance of the entire document.
• Apply to an object or a specific area – applies Clear Dry Ink to
specific objects or areas in the document. Clear Dry Ink enables
creative effects to:
– Draw attention to headline text
– Highlight photos
– Emulate a metallic look with key colours such as silver, gold or copper
– Enhance the appearance of metal objects
– Highlight images for visual variety and make them pop off the page
– Apply watermarks
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Printing with Clear Dry Ink
Clear Dry Ink Print Options
The Clear Dry Ink setting in FreeFlow® Print
Server (8.0 SP2 and higher) allows you to
choose from these four options:
• Use Embedded Clear (default)
• Flood Clear
• Object Clear
• Suppress Clear
This setting is available at the queue and
job level to apply to an entire document. It is
also available at the page level through page
exceptions or covers programming.
Clear Dry Ink is supported with PostScript,
PDF and other PostScript-based files such
as VIPP® jobs. For files in other formats, the
Clear Dry Ink setting is ignored, and no Clear
Dry Ink will be used.
1. Use Embedded Clear – This is the default
setting on a new queue – enabling Clear
Dry Ink effects to print as specified in the
file by the designer. (Example A)
• Selecting this option will only print Clear if
the file contains a spot colour Clear.
• The Clear Level does not apply and will be
greyed out; the amount of Clear ink is
specified in the file.
• This setting provides the same behaviour
as earlier software, which did not have the
Clear Dry Ink UI controls.
2. Flood Clear – By choosing Flood Clear,
you will print clear on the entire page.
The amount of Clear is determined by
the separate Clear Level selection. Flood
Clear will override and obscure any custom
effects embedded by the designer;
however you can apply Flood Clear to a
particular page or pages while honouring
the embedded clear effects on others.
(Example B)
• Exception Pages for Clear Dry Ink setting
are applied to logical page images
(pages in the input file), not physical pages
(printed side of sheet).
– Example: An 8-page letter/A4 file is
imposed as a booklet onto two 11x17/A3
sheets, with Flood Clear on page 1 only.
Clear Dry Ink is printed across the front
of the booklet.
• Flood Clear is applied to RIPped pages;
it will not be applied to system-generated
blank pages.
– For instance if a 10-page letter/A4 file
is imposed into a booklet on 11x17/A3
stock, final output has 12 pages on 3
sheets; the 10 image pages from the file
will have Clear, the 2 system-generated
blanks will not.
– To ensure Clear across blank pages, the
blank pages must be included in the file
and not system generated.
• Variable Data Processing:
– Use Embedded Clear: With Caching,
areas requiring overprint between reused
images/forms and variable content may
result in knock-out. For instance, Clear
variable text designed as a watermark
will cause knock out on a static coloured
background (coloured variable text will
do the same, but with Clear there may be
different expectations). Any Background
Form or VI application should thus be
proofed with sample data before
committing to production. To avoid
limitations, disable Caching (not available for Background Forms).
– The Flood Clear and Object Clear options
do not have limitations with caching.
Printing a Clear Sample Job
1. At the FreeFlow® Print Server, select >
Print From File > Sample Jobs >
DesignTips-CDI-Xerox8001000Presses_12x18_HR.pdf > OK.
If this file is not available in the
Sample Jobs folder, go to:
– and select
Support & Drivers at the top of the
– Enter 800/1000 in the blank field
and click Search. All results for the
Xerox® 800/1000 Digital Colour
Press appear.
– Click on Documentation, which
appears under the Xerox® FreeFlow
Print Server option.
Note: Use either the 12x18 or SRA3
demo file as appropriate for your
You can, optionally, view the file by
clicking a View button (small monitor
icon) under the file name box.
2. Select > Basic Tab > Paper Stock
12x18 or SRA3 as appropriate for
your region. Since this is a poster, the
use of a heavy text or cover weight
silk coated, with a matte finish to
show off the clear, is recommended.
3. On the image quality tab select >
Clear Options > Use Embedded
Clear. Next select > Print. (Example A
on page 4.)
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Hints and Tips
Xerox® Colour 800/1000 Press
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server
Clear elements placed on top of or next to
light colours will have the most effect.
• Clear Dry Ink capabilities are supported
with PostScript, PostScript-based languages
(such as VIPP) and with PDF.
Paper sheen is important too. Use matte or
dull coated papers for best results.
Ink Limits: CMYK Dry Ink is limited to 240%,
regardless of whether there is Clear Dry Ink
added. CMYK with Clear Dry Ink is limited to
260%. FreeFlow Print Server automatically
adjusts Clear Dry Ink levels to the printer ink
limits, without impacting the CMYK colours.
• Clear Dry Ink is not supported when using
Parallel RIP (this is true for the original 8.0
and 8.0 SP1 software, but may be updated
in a SPAR or other later release).
• Clear selections are applied during RIP.
– Clear cannot be added or suppressed
when reprinting a Saved Job. The Clear
Dry Ink settings are not selectable.
– If a Clear Dry Ink setting is changed on a
Processed Job, the system will warn the
user that the job will require re-RIPping.
3. Object Clear – This option allows you to
add Clear Dry Ink to all Images, Text and/
or Graphics. (Example C)
• As with Flood Clear, the amount of Clear
Dry Ink applied is controlled by the Clear
Level setting.
• The Object Clear option adds value to jobs
or pages that do not have clear effects
already embedded by the designer. It is
not intended for use with jobs that were
designed with embedded Clear, and will
generally override or obscure the custom
designed effects.
• If you deselect all of the Images, Text and
Graphics options from the Object Clear
screen, you will be presented with an
error asking you to select at least one
Object type. (Example E)
Note: All the types are selected by default.
How is a spot colour identified?
1. Name – this is both for the convenience
of the designer, as well as for the
RIP/printer, to recognise and reference
the colour.
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Clear Level
With the Flood Clear or Object Clear option
selected, you can control the amount of Clear
applied. The default is Maximum, which is the
same as requesting 100% of the spot colour
Clear. This provides the “maximum” effect.
The other options, Low, Medium or High,
allow you to use less Clear Dry Ink, creating
a more subtle effect.
Verifying Clear Is Installed
To verify that the optional Clear Dry
Ink is installed on your print server,
click on the Dry Ink Level icon located
in the upper right-hand corner on the
FreeFlow® Print Server GUI and check if
the Clear Dry Ink level is displayed. This
feature also lets you check all Dry Ink
levels during production.
The Clear Level slider is not applicable with
the Use Embedded Clear option; in that case
the amount of Clear is specified for each
effect in the file by the designer.
• Some objects that appear visually as text
or graphics may have been converted to
image data in the layout program (common with logos, for instance); these will
respond to the Images setting.
In a creative application such as Adobe
InDesign, the designer creates a spot
colour with two pieces of information:
2. Alternative/display colour – colour
values (usually CMYK) that can be used
to display or print the colour on a device
that does not have special recognition/
processing of the name. The Xerox
demo files, and the example design
instructions in this guide, generally use
Magenta as the alternative colour – so
while the FreeFlow Print Server RIP will
recognise “Clear” and use Clear Dry Ink,
Magenta will be displayed by generic
PDF viewers such as Acrobat and the
FreeFlow Print Server Thumbnail
4. Suppress Clear – Use this setting to
ensure the job or page does not print
with any Clear Dry Ink. With this option
selected, the system will not print Clear Dry
Ink, even if the file includes a spot colour
for Clear Dry Ink. (Example D)
• Graphic objects are those defined with
fill, stroke or sweep (smooth shading).
• Many images contain a white background
area – for instance an image of a car may
in fact be a car within a white rectangular
area. In this case, selecting Object Clear
on Images will apply Clear to the whole
rectangular area, not just the car.
Display Colour Seen in Viewers
Final Print
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
Using Xerox FreeFlow Print Server Tools
Several job management tools on the server
may be useful when working with Clear Dry
Ink jobs.
• To check if a job contains Clear effects
from the designer: Thumbnail shows the
effects on the image display; Preflight
identifies spot colours requested;
Advanced Preview indicates if Clear is
actually rendered for each page.
• If a job prints with unexpected colour
instead of Clear Dry Ink: The Error Report
will indicate if there is a spot colour name
that is not recognised.
• To verify that Flood Clear or Object Clear
is applied to a page: Advanced Preview
indicates if Clear Dry Ink is used on
each page.
Thumbnail provides a quick viewer for
PostScript and PDF files. It can be useful for
identifying a job or checking the page size.
Note: For a file you are preparing to submit,
the Preview button in Print from File (under
the file name box) provides the same viewer
as Thumbnail.
With Thumbnail, the file is not RIPped,
and the server’s spot colour tables are not
referenced. Spot colours are thus displayed
using the alternative/display colour definition
(see side bar on page 8: How is a spot colour
identified?). For instance, the Xerox demo files
typically use Magenta as the display colour.
Thumbnail, then, lets you know where to look
for Clear Dry Ink when printing a file designed
with Clear effects.
Advanced Preview
The job Preview/Advanced Preview options
actually RIP the file to provide a preview of
the printed output. Instead of using the
alternative display colour, the server’s spot
colour tables are used.
Using Preflight, you can inspect a job for
spot colour names that may be meant to
represent Clear. In the Preflight-Setup, make
sure the Spot Colours option is checked, and
then run Preflight on your job. The report will
list spot colours, giving you the opportunity to
add a custom name to the Clear equivalent
names list.
Any Clear effects will be rendered as the 5th
separation, Clear Dry Ink, thus, not visible in
the image display. (Example B)
The Advanced Preview option, however, has a
feature to show whether Clear Dry Ink is used
on a page. Next to the C, M, Y, K checkboxes
is a special icon – move your mouse pointer
over this icon to see a message indicating
Clear is “On” or “Off” on that page.
(Example C)
If the Preview/Advanced Preview images
look similar to the Thumbnail, showing use
of an alternative colour where Clear should
be (similar to Thumbnail), this is a good
indication that the spot colour name used
in the file is not in the server’s list of Clear
equivalent names.
Error Report
If a job has a spot colour name that is not
recognised by the RIP, the job status will
be Completed with Warnings, (Previewed
with warnings if using preview rather than
printing). An error page will be generated
with the message: “Warning: <spot colour
name> is not a supported Pantone name/
number, or does not exist in the Spot Colour
Editor. The alternative colour provided in the
application was used.”
If “Print Error Page” is turned off, or you are
using Preview rather than Printing, this
message can be seen in Job Properties by
selecting the “View Report” button.
Adding Spot Colour Names for Clear
To enable Clear Dry Ink printing on the
Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server, a document
designer should assign the name “Clear” to
the spot colour used for Clear Dry Ink. “Clear”
is a predefined keyword that the server
recognises to mean “use Clear Dry Ink“.
Because a designer may use a custom name,
the server allows you to manage a list of spot
colour names that are equivalent to Clear.
The client may tell you the spot colour name
used to reference Clear Dry Ink, or you can
identify the spot colour through Preflight.
Once you add the new spot colour name to
the list of equivalent names for Clear Dry Ink,
it will be recognised in any job.
Using Spot Colour Mapping
for Clear
1. From the Xerox FreeFlow Print Server GUI
select Colour, then select Spot Colour List
(Example D). When the Spot Colour List
window opens, select the Colour Mapping
tab (Example E).
Here you can:
• Edit Mapping
• Create a New Mapping
• Delete a mapping
2. To add a mapping, select New Mapping,
enter the Clear Name in the From: column
and select OK to close or Apply to enter
multiple names to map.
3. To edit a mapping, highlight the name
to edit and select Edit Mapping to make
4. To delete a mapping, highlight the name
and press Delete. At the confirmation
Question window, select Yes.
1. Each equivalent name added is
retained. You only have to add an
equivalent name once to the server.
2. If a job that was designed for Clear
Dry Ink prints incorrectly, showing
an alternative colour where the Clear
should be, check the error report or
use Preflight to identify the spot
colour name used. Be sure this name
is included in the list of equivalent
names for Clear, including appropriate
spaces and case sensitivity.
Note: Equivalent names are case sensitive.
Clear is not the same name as clear. You
may use spaces in the name; for instance,
you may enter Clear Dry Ink.
*See section “Adding Spot Colour Names for Clear Dry Ink”.
Thumbnail will not show effects from using
the Flood Clear or Object Clear selection, as
those effects are added in the RIP.
(Example A)
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Xerox® FreeFlow® Print Server Clear Dry Ink User Guide
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