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rivan
08-29-2012, 04:10 PM
So I have a common task that I'm going to try to code but need a little help on the structure and order of the problem. I'll probably end up in javascript for Adobe Illustrator (AI), if any of the answers get to a point where that would matter.

Here's my problem:
I have artwork of widely varying sizes. 1" square up to 244" (max for AI). This artwork needs to be printed, with crops and a slug, on either 8.5x11 or 11x17 paper, which ever is more efficient (8.5x11 is only used when it fits, with the slug, at 100%). It should never be scaled up to print, only down when necessary to fit on a page. The slug should always end up 6.5x2" but can be oriented in either direction on the page. The artwork can be oriented either direction on the page. Crops should be .75" on each corner at final size.

How do I end up with:
• The size I should make my pasteboard (page) such that it adheres to the final paper size
• The scale at which the crops and slug should be created such that it ends up the correct size once it's scaled back down when printed

For example:

• Artwork that is 31"x5". At what size/scale should I create the crop marks and slug such that they will print at their intended size once a PDF is made of the artwork and an 11x17.

Intuitively, it's about 200% (once the PDF is made, they'll end up printing at 50% and end up about the right size, and the pasteboard/pdf page size will end up about 34"x22").

sbryndin
04-14-2013, 07:12 AM
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Cerb
04-15-2013, 02:50 PM
Assumptions:
1. 0.75" on all sides will be unused.
2. There must be a 6.5x2" rectangular area unused by the artwork.

With that in mind, for the paper size, does it basically mean that:
If artWxartH <= (11-1.5-2)"x(8.5-1.5)" or (11-1.5)"x(8.5-1.5-2)" then:
Use letter size
Else:
Use 17x11", and downscale to fit
?

However, what's with the 17x11" ratio, and the 34x22" size? For that matter, what exactly is a "pageboard"? Google is being exceptionally unhelpful, and my knowledge of printing comes mostly from the flaps of cereal boxes, where they leave the marks. ;)