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Preparing Digital Artwork
for Cadmus Professional Communications with



Deneba Canvas 6.0 for Windows 9x/NT


PLEASE NOTE: When creating graphics in illustration programs such as Deneba Canvas with the intention of outputting to an imagesetter or platesetter, it is extremely important that the person creating the illustration have a thorough understanding of the details of imaging in a prepress environment. There are an abundance of complex problems that can occur at output if paths are set up improperly, colors are indicated incorrectly, or other elements are constructed improperly. Trapping issues can also present problems if not addressed. The more complicated your illustration becomes, the greater the probability of problems at output, and therefore the need for more expertise and experience in creating the files.


This instruction set covers the following important procedures:

Preparing Graphic for Export

Exporting CMYK

Exporting Grayscale

Exporting Line Art


Preparing Graphic for Export

1. Place any graphics you need to import. Before placing images in Canvas, the images should be checked for the following:

  • All placed art should be in TIFF or EPS format
  • The resolution should be at least 300 dpi
  • The color mode of the TIFF/EPS should be either Monochrome (bitmap mode), Grayscale or CMYK. The CMYK mode is used for color figures and Grayscale/Monochrome for black & white.
  • Please note: Some journals now require that color be submitted in RGB color mode. To learn more about the RGB workflow click here.
  • Crop and size images properly before importing so that masking, scaling or rotating is not necessary while in Canvas.

Go to the Place... menu (File->Place...) and navigate to the TIFF or EPS file that you wish to place.

If you select an EPSF graphic to place, you will be prompted with another dialog box for EPSF Import Options. Select Create Canvas Object as shown:

2. Do all editing and assembly.

  • Assemble any panels so that each figure consists of only one file.
  • Create the figure at 100% of print size so that no scaling is necessary.
  • Use Document Setup (Layout -> Document Setup) to resize the page so that any white space bordering the figure is removed (shown below).
  • Make sure that any and all imported four-color graphics are in CMYK format. RGB files, which will not output correctly, may not be detected until output.

3. Convert all text to paths. With the text selected, select Convert To Paths (Object->Paths->Convert To Paths). This eliminates the requirement of sending CPC fonts. There isn't a quality loss when converting text to paths.



Exporting CMYK

1. Save the graphic. Bring up the Save As dialog box (File->Save As...) and select the Save as type: EPSF and set all other settings as shown:

After you press Save, a dialog box will be presented that warns about saving files in formats other than Canvas, press Save again.

2. Setup the EPSF Export Options.

  • For Image: select ASCII
  • For Image Color: select CMYK
  • For PICT Preview select RGB
  • For Resolution: select 300


Exporting Grayscale

1. Assemble the graphic.

  • Do all editing and assembly
  • Size the graphic properly before saving

2. Save the graphic. Bring up the Save As dialog box (File->Save As...) and select the Save as type: TIFF and set all other settings as shown:

After you press Save, a dialog box will be presented that warns about saving files in formats other than Canvas, press Save again.

3. Setup the Render Image dialog box.

  • For Mode: select Grayscale
  • Canvas will fill in the Width and Height
  • For Res: type in 300 pixels/in for grayscale figures without type.
  • For grayscale figures with images and type (combination halftone), select 600 pixels/in.
  • Leave all other options unchecked, press OK.

4. Setup the Export TIFF Compression Options.

  • For TIFF Compression select LZW, press OK.


Exporting Line Art

1. Assemble the graphic.

  • Do all editing and assembly
  • Size the graphic properly before saving

2. Save the graphic. Bring up the Save As dialog box (File->Save As...) and select the Save as type: TIFF and set all other settings as shown:

After you press Save, a dialog box will be presented that warns about saving files in formats other than Canvas, press Save again.

3. Setup the Render Image dialog box.

  • For Mode: select Black & White
  • Canvas will fill in the Width and Height
  • For Res: select 1200
  • Leave all other options unchecked

4. Setup the Export TIFF Compression Options.

  • For TIFF Compression select LZW


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