CorelDraw 10 : Printing - Using a Service Bureau

9/20/2012 1:26:35 AM
When preparing files for a service bureau or print shop, you will probably need to generate PostScript (.ps) or Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) files, include crop marks, and provide information about the project and how you want it printed. If the project is color, you will need to prepare color separations: creating one sheet for each process and spot color—with registration marks.

Note that in order to generate a PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript file, you must print to a PostScript printer, such as one of the Apple LaserWriters. (If you don't actually own such a printer, you can always print to the Device-Independent PostScript File print driver or to the particular printer that's used by your service bureau. Contact them for help choosing an appropriate print driver.)

To add crop marks, registration marks, and file information:

Choose File > Print, press , or click the Print icon on the Standard toolbar.

Click the Misc. tab of the Print dialog box (Figure 1).

Figure 1. To ensure that the proofing marks will not appear outside the printer's printable area, check the option to Fit printer's marks and layout to page.

In Proofing options area, check Fit printer's marks and layout to page.

To print an information sheet for the printer, check the Print job information sheet check box.

Click the Prepress tab (Figure 2).

Figure 2. On the Prepress tab, you can set additional print options, such as crop marks. Check with your service bureau for their requirements.

Enter checkmarks for the items you want to set.

Print the document or save it as a PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript print file (as explained on the following pages).


  • Many of the prepress settings can be viewed or adjusted in Print Preview mode.

Proofing Options

In the Proofing options area of the Misc. tab (Figure 1), you can specify the document elements that will appear when printed. By selectively checking items, you can make it easier to proof complex documents.

To create color separations:

Choose File > Print, press , or click the Print icon on the Standard toolbar.

Click the Separations tab of the Print dialog box (Figure 3).

Figure 3. On the Separations tab, specify separation options, such as the individual colors to print.

Check the Print separations check box.

Select the colors that you want printed as separations.

Click the Prepress tab (Figure 2).

Check the Print file information check box to print the name of each color on its separation page.

Check the Position within page check box to print the file information on the page.

Check the Print registration marks check box.

Choose other printing options, click Print to print the separations, or print the file to disk for output at a service bureau.

To generate a PostScript (.ps) file:

Save your project by choosing File > Save or by pressing .

Choose File > Print, press , or click the Print icon on the Standard toolbar.

Select a PostScript printer (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Choose a PostScript printer on which to base the print file.

Check the Print to file check box.

Click the Print button.

The Print To File dialog box appears (Figure 5).

Figure 5. Specify a destination, file type (.ps), and file name in the Print To File dialog box.

Navigate to the drive and folder where you want to save the print file.

Select PostScript File (*.ps) from the Save as type drop-down list.

Type a name in the File name text box.

Click the Save button.

To generate an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file:

Save your project by choosing File > Save or by pressing .

Choose File > Export or press .

The Export dialog box appears (Figure 6).

Figure 6. Specify a file type (EPS), location, and file name for the export file.

Navigate to the drive and folder where you want to save the file.

Select EPS–Encapsulated PostScript from the Files of type drop-down list.

In the File name text box, enter a name for the export file.

Click the Export button.

The EPS Export dialog box appears (Figure 7).

Figure 7. Set EPS export options and then click OK to generate the file.

Set any desired options. (Check with the service bureau for the correct settings).

Click OK to generate the EPS file.


  • EPS files can also be imported into or opened in many graphics programs (such as Photoshop and CorelDraw 10). They can also be placed as images in desktop publishing layouts.

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