This function allows you to surround the printed page with a
margin or border which will later contain crop marks, registration
marks and the name of the colour separation. You use registration
marks to make sure that individual separations in a colour document
line up during printing.
Crop marks allow you to print a batch of pages and trim them to
the correct size later.
The name of the colour separation is important for colour
documents. As a rule, individual separations for the four basic
process colours as well as any spot colours of a document are printed
or imageset on the same (monochrome) output device. These separations
often appear very similar, particularly with photographs. It is
therefore very important to know with which colour a given separation
should be printed. That is the reason for including the colour
separation name, which can also be printed in the set margin area.
Normally you would trim off this margin with its markings from the
final page, so it contains no data for the final document though it
can be very useful during production. For this reason you will only
see the working area and not the complete sheet on the screen when
editing a page normally, except when editing master pages (see below),
which are always displayed complete, including registration and crop
marks and the name of the colour separation.
When you click on the icon shown above, the following dialog box
Herewith a description of the individual parameters:
Registration marks help you to align colour separations. With
multi-colour documents the printing house will insist on registration
marks, as otherwise it is unlikely that they will be able to line up
the separations correctly. These marks appear as circles with
cross-hairs in each corner of the margin area and are always
positioned so that they appear in the middle of it. Their maximum size
as well as the line width can be set in the dialog. The size 0
here means that the optimum size of registration marks for the
available space will be used, so it can really be left that way in all
cases as a standard value.
Crop marks are printed as vertical and horizontal lines which
mark the corners of the page, so that the corners of the final trimmed
pages lie exactly at the intersection of the lines. Since guillotines
are never 100 percent accurate, the lines are not extended up to the
cutting point but (normally) drawn a little shorter by an adjustable
amount. In the inner areas of the margin, frames will be printed quite
normally. Thus overhang of a tinted or shaded frame prevents white
margins appearing after trimming with a slightly inaccurate
guillotine. All frame information that extends beyond the crop marks
will not be printed (which would not be sensible, after all, since it
would be removed after trimming in any case).
Switch on the use of overlap marks if you have entered a
sensible, non-zero value for the overlap (see below).
Colour layer names
If you select the Yes radio button for Colour layer
names, then the name of the corresponding printing colour will
appear in the bottom border area of each page. So the separation to be
printed in cyan will have the text Cyan output there.
If you want a simple colour wedge to be output in the margin
area with the document, click on the relevant Yes field. During
output Calamus then creates a colour wedge (usually in the right
margin) that displays the most important colour values as filled
squares: C, M, Y, K, R, G and B.
If you want a simple greyscale wedge to be output in the margin
area with the document, click on the relevant Yes field. During
output Calamus then creates a greyscale wedge (usually in the right
margin) that displays ten fields with grey values from 0 to 100 %.
Clear reg. mark area
If you enter a non-zero value here then a white line of the set
width will be placed behind the registration and crop marks. This
ensures that both sets of marks can be seen clearly even on dark
When you are laying out bound, double page documents like
magazines or books, an object which spans two pages can disappear
after binding. To overcome this effect you can arrange that two
opposing pages should have a partial overlap, so that a small inner
portion of the left page will be printed on the right page and vice
versa. As a result, the inner portion of the page will be printed
twice: Once on the right side of the left page, and once on the left
side of the right page. You may be familiar with this principle from
car atlasses referred to earlier (see Frame editing module, Tiling
frame), where the borders of the pages also overlap. If this
overlap is adjusted correctly for the binding method, the maps and
text will really look continuous across the divide after binding.
So enter the width of the binding in the relevant field of the dialog.
This is the width of the strip that will not be visible on one
page due to the binding. If you are working with stitched sheets then
you have to enter zero here, of course. There is no need to specify
anything here if you don't use any elements that cross the central
As the elements in the overlap region are defined once but printed
twice, the displayed double page will look smaller by the width of
this overlap strip.
Here you can define the line weight (width) to be used for
printing registration, crop and overlap marks.
Max. reg. mark size
Here you can set the position of the registration marks in the
border that you define with Working area (see below). This size
will be evaluated in relation to the border and the following Used
area value. If you wish to have the largest possible registration
marks irrespective of the other settings, set this value to zero
– it will then be established automatically.
Area used for marks
This percentage value specifies how long the crop marks may be
relative to the defined border, or how far they should be spaced from
each corner of the document. If you define a border of 1 cm and set
Area used for marks to 50 %, then all crop marks will be only
0.5 cm long. Registration marks will then also be output in an area
0.5 x 0.5 cm placed as far away as possible from the edge of the
document in the working area.
This value refers to the system font incorporated in Calamus,
with which the colour layer name and the Info text will be output in
the working area of the document. Values below 3 p are not sensible.
Here you can define an information line that will always be
output with the page contents (if possible at the lower edge of the
page) – ideal for Copyright labels and other important
With some control codes you can also generate certain Info texts
Tip: If you do not want an Info text but wish to place the
colour layer name as low as possible in the film separations, input a
single space character as the Info text!
Working area (margins)
Here you can define the so-called working area (in other words
including the margins around your actual document). It will be
included in the document window display if the switch Crop marks
visible/invisible in the Display function group of the
Frame editing module is activated (see there for details).
Furthermore the complete working area will be printed/output if the
printing module Crop marks in the Print dialog has its checkbox
crossed (see there).