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Creating a proof

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Okay, now that we have our menu folder and our menu insert both designed, it's time to print a proof. We need to see how these design elements are working together; especially how this here is going to align with its counterpart on the interior. We want to make sure that this line lines up with this line, and that generally everything is good; that we can read this text, that there is enough contrast, and it's big enough. So we need to do this: go to our Print dialog, and first of all, I'm going to go to choose the printer.

Creating a proof

Okay, now that we have our menu folder and our menu insert both designed, it's time to print a proof. We need to see how these design elements are working together; especially how this here is going to align with its counterpart on the interior. We want to make sure that this line lines up with this line, and that generally everything is good; that we can read this text, that there is enough contrast, and it's big enough. So we need to do this: go to our Print dialog, and first of all, I'm going to go to choose the printer.

Obviously your choices will differ from what I have here, but now I am going to the Setup options. I want to make sure that the paper size for the folder is 11 by 17. I'm next going to go to Marks and Bleed. If we're printing a proof that has bleeds, as our design does, on an 11 by 17 page, it is going to require that it be scaled to fit, and we are going to need to trim the result from the resulting printout.

I'll now come to Marks and Bleeds; I want Document Bleed Settings turned on, and I also want the Slug Area turned on. And the slug area is that area that we defined, and into which we drew the fold guides. I'm actually just going to Cancel out of this, but you would ordinarily click Print. And the options for the insert look pretty much the same. The Setup is going to be Scale To Fit, and we need to make sure that Marks and Bleed, in this case, we're going to use the Document Bleed Settings.

The Slug Area is not essential; well, it's not necessary, because we don't have a slug area for this. There is going to be a slight discrepancy in the size for this proof, because the scale to fit size is ever so slightly bigger for the insert than it is for the folder. That's just something that visually we need to factor in. I'm not going to worry about changing that, but just something to take into consideration. So this is what our resultign proofs look like.

It's now a question of trimming the design from the proof sheet, pasting one side onto the other, and I'm just going to use a glue stick to do that, and also, likewise, with the pages. There is another option, depending on how much control you have over your printer. With the insert, it is possible to say that you print just the even pages on one pass, turn the piece of paper over, and then print the odd pages on the next pass, so that you do get back to back printing.

If you don't want to get involved with that, it's totally fine, for the purposes of a mockup, just to paste one side onto the back of the other.

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