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Page Geometry

The page geometry frames of a PDF file are the boxes available in the PDF. There are five different page geometry frames:

TrimBox [1] – The final format frame, also called TrimBox, represents the final size of the printed and cut document. A document designed for printing requires a final format frame. The size of the final format frame must be smaller than or equal to the bleed and media frames.

BleedBox [2] – The bleed frame, also called the BleedBox, is an extended area around the final format frame that trims all page content in the output. A document that has been designed to drop (beyond the edge) also requires a bleed frame, which in practice is between 1 and 10 mm, depending on its use. The bleed frame should always be larger than the final format and smaller than the media frame. Print marks such as registration marks, crop marks or color bars should always be outside the bleed area.

MediaBox [3] – The media frame, also called MediaBox, represents the physical size of the media and corresponds to the selected paper format used when printing to a PostScript or PDF file. The media frame thus contains all the objects on a document page that appear on the page or protrude beyond the edge of the page size.

ArtBox [4] – The object frame, also called ArtBox, forms a frame drawn around all printable objects and defines the content to be placed on the page as intended by the document creator. The final format frame and the object frame usually have the same size, but this is forbidden in connection with PDF/X files - here only either object or final format frames may be present.

CropBox [5] – Mask frames, also called CropBox, are created by trimming the page with suitable tools. The mask frame is used by default both for display in PDF display programs and for placing PDF files in layout programs.

Under Print Marks, all markings on a printout that are applied outside the print image for further processing. These Marks include:

  1. Color Control Strips [1] – These are usually applied only to the top and/or bottom edge of a printed sheet.
  2. Registration Marks [2] – Typically contain one set per sheet. In digital printing Registration Marks are no longer so important.
  3. Bleed Marks [3] – These are applied per page/motif.
  4. Crop Marks [4] – These are attached per page/motif
  5. Production Order Name [5] – These are applied per page/motif
  6. Page Number [6] – These are attached per page/motif
  7. Issue Date and Time [7] – These are applied per page/motif

Illustration: A visual overview of common Print Marks

Production Job

Print data is stored in the Workflow, together with job-related customer information, production and delivery data, and all information describing the actual output, such as substrate and color strategy, in so-called Production Jobs.

An Order can include one or more designs, it can also be "empty", i.e. the sales department can create an Order in the Workflow before the customer delivers the print data. These could be added to the Order later by an operator.

For more information see entries below: