IMPORTANT –  Install all the scripts listed below in the proper location on your Mac.

 

Corner Effects:
Download Corner Effects

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

This script provides functionality that is significantly lacking in InDesign’s default corner effects command. This script allows you to apply a corner effect to one, two, or all corners of an InDesign frame.

 

NOTE: If you are using InDesign CS5 and later you should take a look at the “Live Corners” video: Click Here


 

Add Anchor Points:
Download Add Anchor Points

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

If you are a fan of Adobe Illustrator then you may be wondering why InDesign doesn’t contain “add anchor points?” This script does exactly what you would expect, it adds anchor points directly between any two anchor points within a selected frame, oval, or polygon.

 


 

Make Grid:
Download Make Grid

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

Make Grid provides a very fast way to divide a frame into numerous equal sections. It even allows you to provide some gutter width between the resulting rectangles.

 


 

Add Guides:
Download Add Guides

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

If you are a fan of using guides, then you will absolutely love this script.

 

 


 

Disclaimer Scripts:
Download Disclaimer Scripts

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

These scripts automatically typeset each of our five standard Valpak offer disclaimers. These 5 scripts may not be very useful if you do not find yourself typing one of the 5 disclaimers very often.

 

 

 

Creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign

The steps listed below explain the process to create a Keyboard shortcut for a random script that was placed in the Scripts directory.

 

1. Start by selecting the Keyboard Shortcuts option in the Edit menu pull-down in InDesign.

 

2. Then click on the “New Set” button:

 

3. Enter a name for your custom Keyboard Shortcut set:

4. Then select the “Scripts” option in the Product Area pull-down menu.

5. Select the End of Ad – Issue Detector script in the Commands section (this example shows the InDesign CS4 version).

6. Enter the keyboard shortcut keys you want to use for this script function in the “New Shortcut” area (Make sure the keyboard keys you select do not conflict with existing keyboard commands).

7. Click “Assign“.

 

8. When finished assigning the Shortcut keys, Click on the “Save” button, and then click “OK” to finish the process.

 

The new Keyboard Shortcuts are now available for use in any InDesign document.

 

 

Applescripts for InDesign:

• InDesign Libraries Application Script

• ExportPDFs.app – & – ExportPDFs-InApp.scpt

• InDesign End Of Ad – Issue Detector with Export PDF Script

 

Illustrator Scripts

• Illustrator Scripts

 

Other Extras:

• Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts

• Thin white lines appearing on my PDF, why?

• Freebies

 

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

 


 

ExportPDFs.app – & – ExportPDFs-InApp.scpt (MAC only)

Click Here or click the image below to download a zip file that contains the droplet application, “ExportPDFs.app” and the standalone script, “ExportPDFs-InApp.scpt”

 

Click Here or click the icon above to download the ExportPDFsUserGuide.pdf.

Click Here to open the user guide in your web browser.

IMPORTANT:
The user guide explains the many quality checks and export features built into “ExportPDFs.app” and the standalone script called “ExportPDFs-InApp.scpt“.

 

Helpful Links:

Click Here for instructions on how to install an InDesign script.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

 

 

 

 

InDesign End Of Ad – Issue Detector – with Export PDF Functionality (MAC only)


Click Here or click the icon above to download the zip file that contains the EndOfAdIssueDetector-WithExportPDF.scpt

Click Here for instructions on how to install an InDesign script.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

 

What does the End of Ad – Issue Detector script do?

This is a very helpful script that will check for common issues in the InDesign document. If these issues exist, the script will display a dialog warning and give the user the option to fix the issue.

The End of Ad – Issue Detector script will automatically convert all RGB and SPOT color swatches to Process CMYK.

Learn more about the issues of using Spot Colors in 4-Color printing – Click Here

 

Other issues are not fixed automatically. Instead, the End of Ad – Issue Detector Script will provide a pop-up “Warning Prompt” for the user to fix the issue.

After each issue is fixed, the End of Ad – Issue Detector Script should be run again to locate any other issues that may exist.

Listed below are the pop-up “Warnings & Prompts” that may occur when performing the End of Ad – Issue Detector script. Click on a link to be taken to that section for more details:

  1. Warning – Modified or Missing Links
  2. Warning – Overset Text Frames
  3. Warning – Low Resolution Images
  4. Warning – Placed RGB images
  5. Warning – Black object set to 100% Black
  6. Warning – Objects found on the Pasteboard
  7. Export PDF Functionality

 

 


 

 

 

Warning – Modified or Missing Links

This warning message occurs when the script locates one or more modified or missing linked images.

This issue can be fixed by selecting the modified/missing links in the Links panel, updating modified links and/or relinking missing links.

 

In the example below, “Show Frame Edges” is turned on to reveal tiny icons in the document that coincide with the “missing” and “modified” link warnings displayed in the “Links” panel.

Careful! After resolving the link issues, be sure to review your ad to make sure the placed images did not shift position after being updated.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Warning – Overset Text Frames

 

This warning message occurs when the script has located a text frame that is overset.

 

This issue can be fixed by enlarging the text frame, reducing the size of the text in the text frame, or removing text from the text frame. In this example, the overset text frame was enlarged slightly to reveal the overset text.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Warning – Low Resolution Images

This warning message occurs when the script detects one of more low resolution images.

 

The ad above contains two low resolution images.

 

IMPORTANT: It is not recommended you click the “Stop And Fix” button for the first time you execute the End-Of-Ad script. Let it continue to check for other problematic images as well.

First low resolution image detected. Press the button, “OK, leave as-is”

Second low resolution image detected…

 

 


 

 

Warning – Placed RGB images

Valpak guidelines require that all image, artwork and text colors must be CMYK. This warning message occurs when the script has located any RGB images used in the document.

 

To fix this issue, RGB images should be converted to CMYK in Photoshop, and then re-linked in the InDesign document.

 

 

 


 

 

Warning – Black object set to 100% Black

These warning message occur when the script has located objects set with a 100% BLACK fill, or filled with “REGISTRATION” color, or if both instances exist on your layout.

 

Below are two examples of what black overprinting can do to an object on an ad.

 

 

IMPORTANT: The script does NOT check for 100% black text, because setting small text to 100% BLACK is preferred. The script is only checking for other objects as seen in the example below.

This message is intended to be a reminder for the user to check black object(s) and determine if the black object stacking order overlaps with other objects. If it does, this may create overprint issues, and the color should be changed to 99% black or a rich black to ensure that the object will knock-out. The End of Ad – Issue Detector Script will fix this for you if you click on the “Yes – Let Script Fix Blacks” button in the warning pop-up window.

 

In this example, the rounded-corner rectangle shape was using a 100% black fill color and there were objects behind the object that would have presented an overprint issue if the black is left at 100%. When the “Yes – Let Script Fix Blacks” button in the pop-up warning window was selected, the End of Ad – Issue Detector Script fixes this by converting the 100% black to 99% black to ensure that the black object will knock-out when printed.

The result of pressing “Yes – Let Script Fix Blacks” –

Notice that the script automatically set the fill color to 99% BLACK, which will force a knockout and print correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Warning – Objects found on the pasteboard

This warning message occurs when the script has located objects on the pasteboard.

 

This issue is easily fixed by examining the pasteboard for any unused objects, text boxes or images that exist and then removing them. In this example, there is an unused image on the pasteboard. Removing the image fixes the issue.

 

 

 

 


 

 

If you bypassed some issues such as RGB images, and left any “Blacks” issues go unfixed, then you will be presented with a “Finished” dialog that will disappear after 2 seconds.

At this point you must go back and fix all of the issues within your layout.

 

 

Export PDF Functionality:

If the script makes it all the way through with no issues, or the only issue was related to “100% BLACK” or “REGISTRATION” fill colors that you let the script fix, then you will presented with a dialog that will allow you to export a PDF of your document.

If you press the “Yes” button you will be presented with this main dialog screen.

You have a choice of creating a secured Proof PDF, a PDF appropriate for use in the Blue Envelope, or both at once. You also have the choice to create separate folders for each document exported and to automatically open your PDF(s) for inspection after being created. The first time you use the tool it will be set to default settings. If you choose different settings, your choices will be remembered the next time you use the tool.

 

If you choose to create a Proof PDF or both types at once — in this example we chose “Both” — you will be presented with a second dialog screen in which you may set a password to secure your Proof PDFs against editing by outside parties, and also what DPI to use for images embedded in the Proof PDF.

As with the main settings, the tool will remember the password and DPI setting you choose the next time you use this script.

 

WARNING! …

The DPI setting you choose will affect the size and appearance of your Proof PDF. A lower DPI will create a smaller file. A higher DPI will improve the appearance of images on screen and on paper, should you choose to print it for review.

 

Once you have chosen your settings, the tool will begin processing your document.

Be patient! It will take a little while for the tool to generate the PDF.

 

On rare Occasions, you might have already exported a PDF using the script and you have it open in Acrobat. If you were to execute the “EndOfAdIssueDetector-WithExportPDF.scpt” once again for the same ad you will receive this warning explaining that the PDF is open.

 

If all went well, you will receive notice that your PDFs are ready.

If you chose “Open PDFs after creating” on the main screen, the PDFs will now open in your preferred application for opening PDFs.

Your PDFs are located in a folder on your Desktop named “PDF-Exports.”

If you chose “Save PDFs in separate folders” on the main screen, both Proof and Blue Envelope PDFs for your document are in a folder with the same name as the document.

WARNING! …

If a Proof or Blue Envelope PDF for your document already exists in this location, it will be replaced if you export PDFs for the same document again.

 

Note: If you have questions about any of these scripts, feel free to contact me directly:
email: jeff_reumann@valpak.com
phone: 727-399-3000 ext 3713

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

NOTE, you must install all the scripts listed below in the proper location on your Mac.

 

Corner Effects:
Download Corner Effects

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

This script provides functionality that is significantly lacking in InDesign’s default corner effects command. This script allows you to apply a corner effect to one, two, or all corners of an InDesign frame.

 

NOTE: If you are using InDesign CS5 and later you should take a look at the “Live Corners” video: Click Here


 

Add Anchor Points:
Download Add Anchor Points

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

If you are a fan of Adobe Illustrator then you may be wondering why InDesign doesn’t contain “add anchor points?” This script does exactly what you would expect, it adds anchor points directly between any two anchor points within a selected frame, oval, or polygon.

 


 

Make Grid:
Download Make Grid

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

Make Grid provides a very fast way to divide a frame into numerous equal sections. It even allows you to provide some gutter width between the resulting rectangles.

 


 

Add Guides:
Download Add Guides

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

If you are a fan of using guides, then you will absolutely love this script.

 

 


 

Disclaimer Scripts:
Download Disclaimer Scripts

Click Here to learn more about saving, installing, and using scripts with InDesign.

Click Here to learn more about creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign.

 

These scripts automatically typeset each of our five standard Valpak offer disclaimers. These 5 scripts may not be very useful if you do not find yourself typing one of the 5 disclaimers very often.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Creating a Keyboard Shortcut in InDesign

The steps listed below explain the process to create a Keyboard shortcut for the End of Ad – Issue Detector script.

 

1. Start by selecting the Keyboard Shortcuts option in the Edit menu pull-down in InDesign.

 

2. Then click on the “New Set” button:

 

3. Enter a name for your custom Keyboard Shortcut set:

4. Then select the “Scripts” option in the Product Area pull-down menu.

5. Select the End of Ad – Issue Detector script in the Commands section (this example shows the InDesign CS4 version).

6. Enter the keyboard shortcut keys you want to use for this script function in the “New Shortcut” area (Make sure the keyboard keys you select do not conflict with existing keyboard commands).

7. Click “Assign“.

 

8. When finished assigning the Shortcut keys, Click on the “Save” button, and then click “OK” to finish the process.

 

The new Keyboard Shortcuts are now available for use in any InDesign document.

 

 

 

 

 

InDesign Object Libraries:

Latest update 08/18/16

Click Here or click on the icon above to download a zip file that contains the InDesign_Object_Libraries.app

 

InDesign object libraries help you organize graphics, text, and other items you use often. For example, rather than creating a unique offer box from scratch, you can open the offer box library panel and drag the pre-built offer box directly onto your active document.

 

This is an application bundle script. I recommend you place the InDesign_Object_Libraries.app in your “Applications” folder and then drag an alias into your Dock. This way whenever you want to open up all the Valpak library items into nicely organized tabs, all you have to do is double-click the Dock item.

“Miscellaneous”Why is it empty?
Obviously you can create new libraries files and save them anywhere on your Mac. However, double-clicking this application script will only open the .indl files that exist within the contents of this application. For this reason, we have included a “Miscellaneous” document that will allow you to place new items that you don’t wish to include within any of the other existing categories. Watch the video below:

 

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Note: These library items are specific to InDesign. They are not the same as “CC Libraries”. However, they can be used in conjunction with “CC Libraries”. To learn more Click Here.

 

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Freebies:

• Illustrator Graphic Styles, Brushes, Pattern Swatches: CLICK HERE

• Photoshop Brushes: CLICK HERE

 

Grayscale Textures for InDesign

Want some of those grayscale TIFF textures for colorizing in InDesign? Download them here:

Textures.zip

 

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Illustrator Scripts

Please do yourself and your printer and everyone around you a favor and learn two things:

  1. Avoid using Spot Colors.
  2. If you insist on using Spot Colors, then convert them to Process before you export a PDF, especially if the spot colors interact with transparency.

    Learn more about the issues of using Spot Colors in 4-Color printing – Click Here

Download “SpotsToProcess”

IMPORTANT: This is an application script. There is no need to install this script into any “scripts” folder. I recommend you place the SpotsToProcess.app in your “Applications” folder and then drag an alias of it into your Dock.

 

When running SpotsToProcess for the first time, you may encounter this warning:

Follow these steps to allow SpotsToProcess to have assistive access:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Click the Security & Privacy icon.
  3. Select the Privacy tab.
  4. Select Accessibility from the list on the left side of the Privacy pane.
  5. Click the lock icon in the lower left corner of the window and enter an admin account and password when prompted.
  6. Select the checkbox next to SpotsToProcess. If SpotsToProcess does not appear in the list, click the [+] button and locate it.

Using “SpotsToProcess.app” –

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The alert, “Finished Removing Spot Colors”
may appear before the swatch panel is completely refreshed.

BONUS: This script will also convert your document to CMYK if it happens to be RGB.

 

 

 

 

 

———- Other Illustrator Scripts ————

 

Download “All” standalone Scripts

 

Installing Illustrator standalone Scripts

To save the necessary script to your hard drive, it is desirable to keep them in the same place, for example in the Scripts folder. I removed the scripts that shipped with Illustrator and placed all the new items included in the download.
/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS5/Presets/en_US/Scripts

 

 

CreateDeleteBackdrop – Downlad Application Droplet (Place it anywhere and click the icon to activate)

Updated 08/18/16

1-CreateDeleteBackdrop – Download Script (must be placed in scripts folder)

This script will only work on a Mac since it is an AppleScript.

This is a simple script that creates a color backdrop to help you discover any compound shape issues. The orange/red background will extend 200 pts beyond the Artboard and it will be on its own locked layer. Running the script a second time will remove the backdrop.

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Arc Correction – Download

This script corrects free-hand arc-like paths in the selection. To use, just select the paths and run this script.

 

 

Circumcircle – Download

This script draws Circumcircles for each selected path. However, you must understand you cannot draw Circumcircles to all figures.

 

Method:
The major reason why this was developed was to find the “circumcircle” for a star. (However, this is also very easy using “Smart Guides”. So this script is not that big of a deal in my opinion.
The rightmost one in the figure above is a case of failure.

 

 

 

Common Tangents – Download

This script draws common tangents to the selected curved lines, if they are detected.

 

 

 

Cut At Selected Anchors – Download

Cuts selected paths at each selected anchor.

 

 

 

 

 

Divide (Length) – Download

This script divides each selected segment into a specified number, based on the length. The length of each segment in each divided segments is equal.

 

 

 

Dup At Selected Anchors – Download

Duplicates the foreground object in the selection at the locations of the rest of each selected anchor points.

 

 

 

Extend Handles – Download

Extends all handles of selected anchor points with specified rate.
100 : original size
120 : extend 20%
80 : shorten 20%
0 : remove handles
-100 : reverse handles

 

 

 

Generate Handles – Download

This script generates handles for each selected path. Generated handles are extended at right angles to the line connecting the anchor and the center of the path.

 

 

 

Join Reasonably – Download

This script joins the open paths in the selection together with reasonable order.

 

 

Merge Overlapped Anchors – Download

This script merges nearly overlapped anchor points And reports how many anchor points had been reduced. In order to understand the importance of this great script, let’s test it. Create a straight line and go to Object > Expand

As a result, we have five anchor points, although there should be only 4 of them, one point is certainly an extra one!

This fact greatly makes the editing of such an object difficult, especially once you are dealing with irregular shapes.

Now let’s run the script – the number of anchor points have dropped to less than half the original number

I recommend using this script always after Expand, Expand Appearance, and Offset Path commands, especially if you are going to edit the achieved objects.

 

 

 

Metaball (Arc). Metaball – Download

This script may help to create Metaball-like shapes.
“Metaball (Arc)” uses arcs to connect. “Metaball” uses suitable bezier curves.

USAGE : Draw some circles and select them, then run this script.
Adjust the values in the dialog. Then click OK.
(it doesn’t check in the script whether each path is really a circle)

# Combining the shapes using Pathfinder may results several overlapping anchor points on the path. if it occurs, it may help to solve it to use my another script “Merge Overlapped Anchors.js”.
This is a simple sample script that merges overlapping anchors on the path.

 

 

 

 

Ovalize (Add Anchor Points to a circle) – Download

For turning every selected path into an oval which fits the width and the height of the path.
If the width and the height are equal, it turns into a circle.
You can specify the number of the anchor points before the script modifies the paths.
You can use this script in the case if you want to draw a circle or an oval which has the number of the anchor points other than four.
Draw a circle with the ellipse tool, select it, run this script, input the number and you are done.
 
Please notice the case 3 of the above image. This is a slight bug.
 
This video will demonstrate the use of two scripts to achieve an otherwise difficult effect.
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Remove Anchors – Download

Removes selected anchor points. Why this doesn’t ship with Illustrator, I have no idea. It is extremely useful, especially cleaning up logos after Live Trace.

 

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This script rounds selected corners of Path Items. Especially for the corners at the intersection point of curves, this script may work better than the “Round Corners” filter (but slower)
 
Note: For those of you that are lucky enough to have Adobe CC take a look a “Live Corners”. This feature is covered in the video, “5 hidden Gems in Adobe Illustrator CC”.
 
What is nice about this script is that you can select a single anchor point of a corner object of a shape.

 

 

## How To Use
1. Select the anchor(s) or whole path(s) to round.
2. Run this script. Adjust the values in the dialog. Then click OK.

## Rounding Method
Basically, the rounding method is compatible with the “Round Corners” filter. It is to add two anchors instead of the original anchor, at the points of specified line length from each selected corner. So if there’re too many anchors on original path, this script can not round nicely.

## Radius
Actually, the specified “radius” is not for a radius of arcs which drawn. It is for the line length from each selected corner and is for the base to compute the length of handles. The reason calling it “radius” is for compatibility with the “Round Corners” filter.

## Max TextBox
You can change the max value of the slider by the the “max” textbox. Input the value and click “apply”.
Inputed number of digits after decimal point is reflected to the slider value. If the max value is “10.00”, you can set the value like 8.23 with the slider. If it is “10”, you can set the value as integer.

This script does not round the corners which already rounded.
(for example, select a circle and run this script does nothing)

### notice
In the rounding process, the script merges anchors which nearly overlapped (when the distance between anchors is less than 0.05 points).

This script does not work for some part of compound paths. When this occurs, please select part of the compound path or release the compound path and select them, then run script again.
I still have not figured out how to get properties from grouped paths inside a compound path.

 

 

Tangents From A Point – Download

Draws tangent lines from a selected anchor point to selected curved segments.

This script tries to find a path with only 1 anchor selected,
from foreground to background. And specifies the selected point
of the path as starting point of tangents.
“the selected curved segments” means rest of the selected paths.

You can use an isolated point as the starting point.
In this case, starting isolated point is removed after drawing tangents.

Drawn tangents have handles at ends.
So you can move the starting side of anchor point with keeping tangency.

 

 

 

This powerful new feature will serve as a good starting point to help silhouette an image from its background

 

More detail about this feature can be found here.

 

If you are ambitious and wish to learn some things you “definitely” have never seen before done in Photoshop then watch this “VERY” advanced video:

 

 

Whether or not you will ever use this on a coupon image, it’s fun to play with nonetheless

 

It’s definitely not the easiest tool to use in Illustrator, but it can be useful on occasion.

 

And for a much deeper dive into this powerful tool…

 

A Spot Color that interacts with the transparency flattening process will not output correctly in CMYK printing.

Example: You create a logo that contains two spot colors (in this case, I’ve used PMS Blue 072 and PMS Red 032). The logo has a drop shadow behind it, and you’ve correctly set Illustrator’s or InDesign’s Drop Shadow feature to use the Blue 072 spot color. In Illustrator or InDesign the logo appears correct (see below).

 

Then you save the art as a PDF/X-1a file because that’s what you have always been told to do in order to make sure that it will print correctly.

 

This is the file your receive from the printer (see below).

 

If you want to know more about why this happens, please watch this video (see below).

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This post contains useful tips that will help you get the best “Custom” ad order back from Valpak home office.

Click Here to Download the PowerPoint presentation shared at the CU Office Managers Session in Orlando FL. But keep in mind that the PowerPoint is lacking a great deal of information that is included within the website below.

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CP44-C+I

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

-C” = 9pt UnCoated Cardstock Paper

+I” = Imprinting

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.5 inches (594 points x 252 points)

CP44-C+I:  Is a Non-Bleed product with imprinting, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area. This product can also be designed for Imprinting.

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

Examples of properly built CP44-C+I with imprinting:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Imprinting Area can be located:

The Imprinting Area is the available space for the Imprint Window. It must not be closer than .25″ from the Trim Area, and no more than 4″ from the Trim Area.

The Imprint Window is where the code will be printed, and can be on the left or right side of the layout anywhere inside of the Imprinting Area.

**IMPORTANT IMPRINTING NOTE: The Imprint Window must be clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

For more information on Imprinting, please contact your Valpak representative.

How to build this product:

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built CP44-C+I product. Notice that the “Free Admission” circle, and part of the background images are outside the Live Image Area. This could result in the circle text being trimmed when this is printed.

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built CP44-C+I product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area, and the Imprint Window is clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

 PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

 

This video explains the “Shadows/Highlights” function, which might be one of my favorite and most often used Photoshop features.

In theory, “Shadow/Highlights” should be used on about 80% of the images we receive from our franchises.

 

 

 

This is a rather lengthy video. But it is very useful and touches upon a few important tools within Photoshop, such as “Hue/Saturation”, “Color Range”, “Color Balance” and of course using adjustment layers as layer masks to hide/reveal objects beneath, which I hope you already do?

 

 

On-Pak / On-Envelope

(On Envelope Advertisement) (4-Color) (With Bleed)

 

Size / Design – Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 6.52 inches x 3.18 inches (469.5 points x 229 points)
  • Bleed Area: 6.8889 inches x 3.55 inches (496 points x 255.6 points)
  • Graphic Design for On-Pak must be landscape (horizontal). Portrait/vertical designs are NOT allowed.

On-Pak:  Is a Bleed** product, background images and art elements can extend into the Bleed area of the template. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area of the template.

** IMPORTANT Note about Bleed Products: Valpak’s templates are intentionally built without bleed settings applied. If using a Valpak template and your product calls for a bleed, do not enter any bleed settings. Instead, simply build your layout according to the bleed margins designated on the template.

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates.

 

Example of a properly built On-Pak product: Remember – NO VERTICAL designs. On-Pak layouts must be designed as landscape/horizontal format.


 

 

Layout visual showing where the Bleed Area and Live Image Area are located.

 

How to build this product:

The background images and art elements can extend into the Bleed Area of the template. Keep all other text, logo, and layout elements inside of the Live Image Area of the template. 

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Visual showing an incorrectly built On-Pak product. Notice the copy and internet web address extending into the Bleed Area at the bottom of the layout. This does not meet Valpak guidelines for On-Pak products.

 

CORRECT:

Visual showing a correctly built On-Pak product. Only the background is extending into the Bleed Area, and all the important layout elements are completely within the Live Image Area.

 

 

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G-CIR-FP44

(2 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

(8, 12, or 16 Pages)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 6.5 inches (570 points x 468 points)
  • Trim (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 6.75 inches (594 points x 486 points)

G-CIR-FP44: Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. All layout elements must remain inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates.

 

Examples of properly built G-CIR-FP44 products:

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing the Trim, Live Area, and indicating where the Fold and Gutters are located.


 

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Vertical Layout visual showing an incorrectly built G-CIR-FP44 product. Notice that the background image and business logo is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in these elements being trimmed when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Vertical Layout visual showing a correctly built G-CIR-FP44 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

 

OCB44-L+I

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (With Bleed)

-L” = 7pt Matte Cardstock

+I” = With Imprinting

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 8.172 inches x 3.313 inches (588.375 points x 238.5 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.4375 inches x 3.625 inches (607.5 pts x 261 pts)
  • Bleed: 8.6875 inches x 3.875 inches (625.5 points x 279 points)

OCB44-L+I:  Is a Bleed** product with imprinting, background images and art elements can extend to the Bleed size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

** IMPORTANT Note about Bleed Products: Valpak’s templates are intentionally built without bleed settings applied. If using a Valpak template and your product calls for a bleed, do not enter any bleed settings. Instead, simply build your layout according to the bleed margins designated on the template.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

Examples of properly built OCB44-L+I with imprinting:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Imprinting Area can be located:

The Imprinting Area is the available space for the Imprint Window. It must not be closer than .25″ from the Trim Area, and no more than 4″ from the Trim Area.

The Imprint Window is where the code will be printed, and can be on the left or right side of the layout anywhere inside of the Imprinting Area.

**IMPORTANT IMPRINTING NOTE: The Imprint Window must be clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

For more information on Imprinting, please contact your Valpak representative.

How to build this product:

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built OCB44-L+I product. Notice that some text, and the business logo are outside the Live Image Area, and the bleed elements do not fully extend to the bleed size. This will result in the text and business logo elements being trimmed, and there will be a white border where the bleed should be.

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built OCB44-L+I product. The background is fully extending to the bleed size, and all the important layout elements are completely within the Live Image Area, and the Imprint Window is clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

This video explains a quick method for fixing blurry images In Photoshop using the “High Pass” filter.

 

OCP44-S+I

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

-S” = 80# Matte

+I” = With Imprinting

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 8.172 inches x 3.313 inches (588.375 points x 238.5 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.4375 inches x 3.625 inches (607.5 pts x 261 pts)

OCP44-S+I:  Is a Non-Bleed product with imprinting, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

Examples of properly built OCP44-S+I with imprinting:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Imprinting Area can be located:

The Imprinting Area is the available space for the Imprint Window. It must not be closer than .25″ from the Trim Area, and no more than 4″ from the Trim Area.

The Imprint Window is where the code will be printed, and can be on the left or right side of the layout anywhere inside of the Imprinting Area.

**IMPORTANT IMPRINTING NOTE: The Imprint Window must be clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

For more information on Imprinting, please contact your Valpak representative.

How to build this product:

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built OCP44-S+I product. Notice that some background images, text, and the business logo are outside the Live Image Area. This will result in these elements being trimmed when this is printed.

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built OCP44-S+I product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area, and the Imprint Window is clear of all backgrounds, images, artwork or text.

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

OCP44-S

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

-S” = 80# Matte

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 8.172 inches x 3.313 inches (588.375 points x 238.5 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.4375 inches x 3.625 inches (607.5 pts x 261 pts)

OCP44-S:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built OCP44-S products:

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built OCP44-S product. Notice that there are background and text elements outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the background and text being trimmed when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built OCP44-S product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

OCB44-L

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (With Bleed)

-L” = 7pt Matte Cardstock

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 8.172 inches x 3.313 inches (588.375 points x 238.5 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.4375 inches x 3.625 inches (607.5 pts x 261 pts)
  • Bleed: 8.6875 inches x 3.875 inches (625.5 points x 279 points)

OCB44-L:  Is a Bleed** product, background images and art elements can extend to the Bleed size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

** IMPORTANT Note about Bleed Products: Valpak’s templates are intentionally built without bleed settings applied. If using a Valpak template and your product calls for a bleed, do not enter any bleed settings. Instead, simply build your layout according to the bleed margins designated on the template.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built OCB44-L products:

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built OCB44-L product. Notice that there are text elements outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the text being trimmed when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built OCB44-L product. The background is fully extending to the bleed size, and all the important layout elements are completely within the Live Image Area.

 

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

3FP44-R

(3 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

Business Reply Mail (BRM)

-R” = 7pt UnCoated Cardstock

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 10.1042 inches (570 points x 727.5 points)
  • Trim (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 10.625 inches (594 points x 765 points)

3FP44-R:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

** Important Template Information: The BRM section on side 2 has been built to meet specific postal regulations. Do not alter or re-arrange any of the “tear-off” or BRM elements, or the post office may have difficulty with the return mail portion.

Click HERE to download the 3-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built 3FP44-R products:

 

Vertical Layout visual showing the Trim, Live Area, and indicating where the Fold, Gutters, and BRM “tear-off” are located.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing the Trim, Live Area, and indicating where the Fold, Gutters, and BRM “tear-off” are located.

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Vertical Layout visual showing an incorrectly built 3FP44-R product. Notice that the background sky image and some of the text is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in important information being trimmed off when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built 3FP44-R product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

 

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CMB44

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (Coin Magnet)

(With Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.5 inches (594 points x 252 points)
  • Bleed: 8.42 inches x 3.75 inches (606 points x 270 points)

CMB44:  Is a Bleed** product, background images and art elements can extend to the Bleed size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

** IMPORTANT Note about Bleed Products: Valpak’s templates are intentionally built without bleed settings applied. If using a Valpak template and your product calls for a bleed, do not enter any bleed settings. Instead, simply build your layout according to the bleed margins designated on the template.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CMB44 products:

 

 Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located on side 1.

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim, Live Area, and Magnet Area are located on side 2.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located on side 1. 

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim, Live Area, and Magnet Area are located on side 2.

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built CMB44 product. Notice that there’s not enough of the multicolor image and background extending to the Bleed size. This will result in the background being trimmed short, resulting in white paper showing around the layout edges.

 

CORRECT:

Vertical Layout visual showing a correctly built CMB44 product. The background is fully extending to the bleed size, and all the important layout elements are completely within the Live Image Area.

 

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

CMB40

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (One Sided) (Coin Magnet)

(With Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.5 inches (594 points x 252 points)
  • Bleed: 8.42 inches x 3.75 inches (606 points x 270 points)

CMB40:  Is a Bleed** product, background images and art elements can extend to the Bleed size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

** IMPORTANT Note about Bleed Products: Valpak’s templates are intentionally built without bleed settings applied. If using a Valpak template and your product calls for a bleed, do not enter any bleed settings. Instead, simply build your layout according to the bleed margins designated on the template.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CMB40 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Bleed, Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built CMB40 product. Notice that there’s not enough of the multicolor image and background extending to the Bleed size. This will result in the background being trimmed short, resulting in white paper showing around the layout edges.

 

CORRECT:

Vertical Layout visual showing a correctly built CMB40 product. The background is fully extending to the bleed size, and all the important layout elements are completely within the Live Image Area.

 

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

CMP44

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (Coin Magnet)

(No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.5 inches (594 points x 252 points)

CMP44:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CMP44 products:

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located on side 1.

 

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim, Live Area, and Magnet Area are located on side 2.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located on side 1. 

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim, Live Area, and Magnet Area are located on side 2.

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal layout visual showing an incorrectly built CMP44 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal layout visual showing a correctly built CMP44 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

CMP40

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (One Sided) (Coin Magnet)

(No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.5 inches (594 points x 252 points)

CMP40:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the 1-Panel InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CMP40 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located.

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal layout visual showing an incorrectly built CMP40 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.

 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal layout visual showing a correctly built CMP40 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

C2P44

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.375 inches (594 points x 243 points)

C2P44:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

This product can have Multiple Impressions (the ability to order multiple 1-panel formats in the same job/NTA), at the same wholesale cost as a 2-panel flyer.

  • C2P44 – 2 impressions per job/NTA

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built C2P44 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built C2P44 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.


 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built C2P44 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

C2P40

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (One Sided) (No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.375 inches (594 points x 243 points)

C2P40:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

This product can have Multiple Impressions (the ability to order multiple 1-panel formats in the same job/NTA), at the same wholesale cost as a 2-panel flyer.

  • C2P40 – 2 impressions per job/NTA

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built C2P40 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located.

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built C2P40 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.


 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built C2P40 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

CP44

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (Two Sided) (No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.375 inches (594 points x 243 points)

CP44:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CP44 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located.

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built CP44 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.


 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built CP44 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here

CP40

(1 Panel) (4-Color) (One Sided) (No Bleed)

 

Size Specifications:

  • Live Image Area: 7.9167 inches x 3 inches (570 points x 216 points)
  • Trim: (this is where the paper will be cut): 8.25 inches x 3.375 inches (594 points x 243 points)

CP40:  Is a Non-Bleed product, build the layout using the Live Image Area size. Keep all layout elements that you don’t want to be trimmed or cropped, inside of the Live Image Area.

Click HERE to download the InDesign templates (Horizontal and Vertical Layouts).

 

Examples of properly built CP40 products:

Horizontal Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located. 

 

 

Vertical Layout visual showing where the Trim and Live Area are located.

 

 

How to build this product:

 

!!! INCORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing an incorrectly built CP40 product. Notice that the “New Location” button is outside the Live Image Area. This will result in the button being trimmed when this is printed.


 

 

CORRECT:

Horizontal Layout visual showing a correctly built CP40 product. All of the layout elements are completely contained within the Live Image Area.

 

PDF (press ready) Ad Submission Guidelines: Click Here