VIDEO: Digital Dimensional Printing-Coating Files – CMYK workflow

Preparing files for Digital Dimensional Printing

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Digital Dimensional Printing is a raised, high gloss, spot coating that is applied inline on our digital printing presses.

 Digital Dimensional Printing creates textures to your printed designs. Digital Dimensional Printing provides a very unique marketing advantage to your printed collateral.

These settings will ensure print-ready PDFs for faster turnaround times and no output errors in prepress.

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[learn_more caption=”Transcript of Video” state=”open”] Hi. This is Rick Rys from

In today’s tutorial we are going to talk about preparing files for the new spot dimensional printing that is now available at

00:17 Spot dimensional printing is a raised high gloss spot coating/printing that’ll create a textured field to your printed projects. The spot dimensional coating/printing is available on our digital presses at

00:35 We are creating this image entirely within Photoshop CS. You can see we have our CMYK image of the football our logo and are type. We’ve also included all of our bleed in the actually image itself.

00:52 There is no reason to actually create extra work for yourself and create this image out of Indesign. We’re going to do the complete design and production out of Photoshop.

01:04 You can see right now we have our direct mail piece and the way the spot dimensional printing works, it works by creating a selection and the selection that you create is going to be textured or the raised high gloss coating.

01:23 Over here in our channels, you will notice that we have our cyan, magenta, yellow and black channels and I’ve already created a a selection called DIMENSIONAL and I’m going to isolate this DIMENSIONAL selection and show you the actual coating that’s going to be applied to the product.

01:45 So the areas that are in black are the areas that will have the spot dimensional coating. These will be the areas that will be raised and be in high gloss, so you can see we selected the actual dimples of the football.

01:57 This will give us the feel of the actual ball itself. It’s important to note that this DIMENSIONAL channel, the channel itself, has to be named as DIMENSIONAL and that this done through the channel options after selecting DIMENSIONAL.

02:15 Important to note that the word DIMENSIONAL needs to be typed in all caps. That is important when that file goes through the RIP in prepress, the DIMENSIONAL file will be extracted so that the actual DIMENSIONAL color plate can be created and printed on the fifth unit.

02:36 So once we create our dimensional file, name our file, we’re simply going to close this and go back to our image. For the sake of cosmetics, we’re going to turn our dimensional file off. It doesn’t matter if it’s selected or not. It’ll still be picked up So at this point, we’re ready to go to press.

02:58 The key ingredient here is how we save this file. When we go to file, under save as, and we are going to the part of naming our file, which i’ve already done, so name it, add our location, and this is the important part, the five channel/five plate file needs to be saved as a Photoshop DCS 2.0

03:25 This is still an EPS file but is built or configured as a DCS file. And DCS stands for desktop color separation. This will allow for the file to have more than four colors. So for instance, our fifth color dimensional file, will still be embedded into the one file, EPS-DCS file.

03:49 It’s important to note that our Spot Colors needs to be selected. This will ensure that our DIMENSIONAL file will be embedded within our EPS-DCS 2.0 file.

04:01 The other key thing is that we embed our CMYK profile, which this happens to be thcoated GRACoL 2006 profile. The GRACoL profile is the CMYK color space that our presses print to at So at this point we’re going to save our image and we’re going to have another submenu pop up there are three simple selections here that we need to configure.

04:28 The first is the preview which is simply going to be an 8 bit pixel preview of the image. Second, and most key important part of this, is the setting of the DCS – the desktop color separation file-format.

04:42 We make sure this is set to a single file with color composite. This is important. You can see we have many options here. We do not want to use the multiple file. If we use a multiple file, that will make five different files for the five different channels.

04:58 We do not want that. We want to have a single file with a color composite because we are running a color composite workflow through prepress. This will embed all five color plates in the same file. Now, secondly our encoding is going to be the ASCII eighty-five setting. So from here, click ok.

05:16 And at that point, our image has been saved. Now at this point we simply select our image and we upload it to the FTP server at and our job will be in production.

05:33 That is it. Spot dimensional printing is a really exciting new technology here at Keep in mind this is only available with digital printed products.

05:47 I appreciate your time and hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Come back and see us for the next one.

Have a great day! [/learn_more]

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