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How to place an order with Caralan
How to produce print with Caralan. Step by step guide.
How to send us your fonts
How to install a suitable output colour profile in CorelDraw
How to manually trap an object in CorelDraw
How to export artwork as EPS from CorelDraw
How to export artwork as PDF from CorelDraw
How to add bleed to your artwork in CorelDraw
How to set up Acrobat Distiller
How to set up CutePDF
How to do proofing, an overview
Quick and dirty proofing of EPS & PDF with Photoshop

How to place an order with Caralan - Our website provides two methods for secure ordering (Both are available from the top menu bar) :-
1) Shopping Basket
Use this method to order a standard item from a pricelist (pricelists are displayed on the home page or can be selected from the menu bar "PRICES AND ORDERING"). When you are viewing a pricelist, highlight and click the price of your chosen item to add it to your basket. You will be expected to upload your artwork on checkout. Reseller discounts are automatically applied when you are logged in with your reseller account. Your browser must accept cookies to use this method.
2) Upload and Order (Available under "Upload" on the top menu bar or click here)
Use this method to order non-standard print work, or if you don't want to pay online. You will be asked to give details of your order and then optionally upload your artwork. Reseller discounts are not automatically applied and these orders will be processed manually. No cookies are required and although you will need an account, you do not need to be logged in to use this option.
(If you don't want to use the website to order you can find all our contact details here)

How to produce print with Caralan. Step by step guide. - If you have never used us before this guide takes you through the process from beginning to end in a logical and easily understood progression. If you follow this guide you won't go far wrong and it will eventually become second nature. You don't have to do it like this but we know this method works and we have specifically designed it to steer you clear of the mistakes people commonly make when using a remote printing service. We see the same problems arise day after day and so we know how you can avoid them. It doesn't involve you in any significant extra work and once you know the ropes you will no doubt evolve your own ways of working. This is a very good way to start off on the right track. To begin click here.

How to send us your fonts - We have written a howto guide to explain copying and sending fonts from both Windows and Macintosh systems. Click here.

How to install a colour profile in CorelDraw - We have prepared a guide to show you how to do this and explaing how it works.
See Install a Colour Profile in CorelDraw

How to manually trap an object in CorelDraw - If you export your file as a Corel EPS then you should not need to do this because Corel autotraps on EPS export. However, if you want to trap an object at the artwork stage you can do this by giving the object a very narrow outline. Set the outline on overprint and the fill or content of your object on knockout. The object is then trapped.
See Overprint and Trapping Explained

How to export artwork as EPS from CorelDraw - Properly created eps files exported from Corel are an excellent way of sending your artwork. They are a much more suited to prepress use than Corel Pdf files. Corel generated EPS files are very reliable. The only downside of eps is inherent in the eps format itself and that is that it can only contain a single page. So if, for example, you want to online order or online proof a double sided card you must create both front and back artwork on the same page. Our online proofing system handles these files quite happily and if you are a reseller we will give you additional discount for sending your artwork in this format. To view this howto guide click here.

How to export artwork as PDF from CorelDraw - In short, don't. We have encountered various issues with CorelDraw PDF export in virtually all versions. Generally speaking you will be creating problems. We recommend that you use Corel's excellent EPS export option instead (see above) which you can send directly to us as final artwork. If you really want to supply PDF from CorelDraw we recommend that you use Acrobat Distiller.

How to add bleed to your artwork in CorelDraw - We recommend that you create a page of the correct size for your job and then allow your bleeding objects to run over the edge by at least 2mm. If you then export your artwork as EPS (See our guide) you can set bleed and crops on export. The EPS file you send to us will then have the correct page size, the correct bleed and registration tick marks showing us how to lay it out. You can also visually check that everything is OK before you send it.

How to set up Acrobat Distiller for Prepress - If you do not set up distiller correctly you will not get the best results. In short, wherever possible choose "Press", "Prepress", or "CMYK". Also, if you are given the option of choosing a colour profile for your output device choose something like "Eurostandard Coated", "Low gain Offset" or "Photoshop 5" - avoid colour profiles containing the word "Swop". We have created a guide for the details .....
Setting up Acrobat Distiller

How to do proofing, an overview - Proofing is probably the most important part of producing artwork for print. Not doing this properly is very, very unwise. We have created a guide to help you.
See About Proofing

Quick and dirty proofing of EPS & PDF with Photoshop - It is often overlooked but Photoshop can be used as an effective proofing tool because it has a built in postscript interpreter that will rasterise postscript based files to bitmap. In effect Photoshop is a rip and it can be used in pretty much the same way that our online proofing system works. All you have to do is open a PDF or EPS in Photoshop and it will convert it to a bitmap for you and display it onscreen. Even better, Photoshop comes with the facility for you to calibrate your monitor to display bitmap images as they would look when printed. The only thing to be wary of is that although Photoshop can be used as a rip it is not our rip and so there can be discrepancies between the postscript interpretation done by Photoshop and the interpretation you get when we print your job. That said, we use it in this way all the time because Photoshop is a less capable rip than our main rip and so if it rasterises OK with Photoshop the chances are our rip will have no trouble. That being the whole point of proofing - to catch errors and prevent problems appearing further down the production chain.
Note : At the time of writing (2008) Photoshop will strip out overprint from your files when rasterising. This means that you cannot check your trapping and overprint settings. Our online proofing system preserves these features. Consequently the best method to use for your final proof is to create an Caralan online proof and view it with photoshop.