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Crop Marks for Letterpress Stationery Design – Adobe Illustrator

Making file prep for letterpress WAY easier!



Adobe's native printer's marks aren't very letterpress-friendly. They're extra-long and so far away from the cut line, which wastes photopolymer and money.

That's why we created our own symbols for letterpress prepress.

We've created symbols that combine crop marks and targets for the following sizes:

  • Business Cards
  • 4bar inserts
  • A2
  • A6
  • A7
  • A8
  • A9
  • 5, 5.5, 6. 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8 inch squares

The marks in these symbols are all in registration black and set at .35 printers points, which should hold in all letterpress plates.

We've also created a second set of marks that adds a rule around the entire forme, which aids in checking register. Some printers believe it leads to better overall inking as well.

Just open your symbols library and check "Open Symbol Library" then "Other Library..."

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