ReproScripts Imposition Fast layout plugin for CorelDraw

  • instant layout onto sheets of various sizes
  • automatic location of jobs by the size
  • simultaneous layout of jobs of different sizes
  • customizable printing marks, bleed
ReproScripts Imposition command bar

Often there is no need to make complex impositions, but it is only necessary to quickly distribute on the sheet one job before sending to the press. The Fast layout plugin is designed just for that. It imposes jobs on sheets of different sizes in couple of clicks. It is particularly useful for quickly sending jobs to digital printing, but in many other cases it can greatly simplify the work of a designer or prepress specialist.

List of jobs for the layout

The plugin requires an open document in which to search for jobs that need to be imposed. When you run the plugin, it scans the document and fills the list of jobs. The plugin looks for rectanglar shapes in the document which designate the borders of jobs. A border is a rectangle at an arbitrary location in the document that restricts the design. The rectangle itself will not be present in the resulting layout, only all objects that are completely or partially within its boundaries will be taked.

The plugin searches for borders against the list of standard predefined sizes or objects that are explicitly marked for this function. In the header of the list, you can choose which borders - by size or marked by the designer - to be included in it.

Search of jobs by size

If the checkbox found by size is ticked off, then the jobs that are bounded by a rectangle of a standard, pre-defined size go into the list.

The sizes by which the search is made are specified in the plugin settings 1, which can be opened by clicking on the button with the gear   in the lower right corner of the form.

Clicking the   button can add the size and its allowance, which the plugin will take into account as suitable when searching for borders. In addition, in the settings, you can specify that only rectangles with a outline of black color ( search only for black borders) and/or only with empty fill ( search only for borders with empty fill) are taken into account 2. This will help avoid erroneous inclusion of unsuitable objects in the list of boundaries.

Search for jobs borders marked by the designer

RionScripts CorelDraw border control

During the installation of the ReproScripts Imposition library an additional control is added into the CorelDraw interface. It allows to mark a rectangular shape as a trim border for the design within. The control ties additional information with the border shape which can be picked up by the Fast layout plugin. All object within the border bounds will be considered a separate job and be added to the list and processed. Any rectangle on any page can be marked as a design border and the plugin will add it to the layout list when scanning, if the flag marked by the designer is checked in the header.

The control for marking borders is built into the standard toolbar of CorelDraw. Therefore, to use it, the standard panel must be enabled in the interface and be positioned horizontally. The element has an orange background, allowing you to quickly understand which object can be marked as a border.

Borders of jobs marked by the designer

Working with the jobs list

All the jobs in the list participate in the layout - each will be imposed on a separate sheet. Clicking on the button  , you can find the border object in the document. If the border is not defined correctly or there is simply no need to impose this job, then you can click on the icon with a green dot   that indicates the active state of the item. The color of the dot changes to red  , and the item becomes inactive and will not be used in the layout.

To rescan the document, you can click the   button in the list header. For example, if the plugin could not determine the required boundary by size, then, when without closing the plugin window, you can mark it in the document and rescan.

Fast layout plugin window

Layout building options

On the right hand side of the plugin window there are a number of elements that allow you to manage the resulting layout.

Target sheet size

The size of the output sheet used for the imposition is an important parameter. The list is filled in with values from the plugin's settings. Each entry from the jobs list will be imposed into a separate sheet of the specified size.

Clipping

When performing the layout, the plugin copies to the calculated position all objects that are found within the job's boundary rectangle. Sometimes the object can go beyond the limits. In this case, the neighboring items in the layout might overlap. To prevent this, check the box place in a powerclip if required that controls the use of clips. If necessary, the plugin will limit the size of the imposed jobs using powerclips, taking into account the values of the bleed.

Bleed and trim marks

If the checkbox add trim marks is on, the trim marks will be placed around the imposed jobs. The dimensions of the marks are set in the plugin's settings (the button with the gear   in the lower left corner of the form). Since the parameters of the bleed can often vary from job to job, its value is set directly in the main window of the plugin.

Imposing

When the list contains active jobs and the size of the output sheet is specified, then you can perform the imposition by clicking on the Execute button. If the file from which the job is taken has already been saved, then the checkbox save the imposition file will be enabled. The layout will be saved in the same folder where the source document is located.

Two jobs imposed on separate pages
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