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Outline page geometry boxes in a specified tint value of a spot color (8.2)

With pdfToolbox 8.2 it is possible to trace the page geometry frame BleedBox, ArtBox and TrimBox with lines in special colors and on separate layers.

Attached Files

Launch pdfToolbox Desktop

Open pdfToolbox Preferences

  1. Go to "callas pdfToolbox".
  2. Click "callas pdfToolbox Preferences".

NOTE: On windows you have to go to "Edit > callas pdfToolbox Preferences".

Change page geometry boxes preferences

Change page geometry boxes preferences

You can show the page geometry boxes in pdfToolbox when you open a PDF file. In addition, the names of the boxes can be show too.

  1. Select "Show page geometry boxes".
  2. Select "Show names of page geometry boxes".
  3. Click "OK".

Open PDF file "PDF-boxes_Demo file.pdf"

  1. Go to "File".
  2. Click "Open".

Inspect the page geometry boxes

The page geometry boxes with names are shown when open the PDF file in pdfToolbox.

Open the Fixups dialog

  1. Go to "Tools".
  2. Click "Fixups".

Search to Fixup

Search to Fixup
  1. In the search field search to "Outline page geometry boxes".
  2. Select the Fixup "Outline page geometry boxes".
  3. Click "Edit".

Inspect the Fixup

Inspect the Fixup

The Fixup add three page geometry frames to the PDF file.

  • BleedBox (crop rectangle)
  • TrimBox (TrimBox)
  • ArtBox (object frame)

These elements are presented in three different spot colors (blue, green and red) on three different layers.

To work organised, these new elements are each inserted into newly created levels.

NOTE: The Fixup can be adjusted. Make a copy of the predefined Fixup and change the settings. By clicking on the "OK" button, the changes are applied.

Apply the Fixup

Apply the Fixup
  1. Click "Fix".

Save the output PDF file

Save the output PDF file
  1. Save the output PDF file as "PDF-boxes_Demo file_Processed".
  2. Click "Save".

Inspect the preflight report

Inspect the preflight report

A green check mark is shown, refers to a successful correction. The three page geometry frames (BleedBox, TrimBox and ArtBox) are added in the PDF file.

Open Visualize spot color separations panel

  1. Go to "View".
  2. Click "Visualize spot color separations".

Inspect the processed PDF file

  1. Select "Regular page view".

    The three page geometry frames (BleedBox, TrimBox and ArtBox) are presented in three different spot colors.

    NOTE: Too see the page geometry frames, you have to switch off "Show page geometry boxes" and "Show names of page geometry boxes" in the pfdToolbox preferences. Reopen the PDF file too see the changes.
  2. Click "Done".

Open Explore Layers dialog

  1. Go to "Tools".
  2. Click "Explore Layers".

Inspect the layers

Inspect the layers

The three page geometry frames (BleedBox, TrimBox and ArtBox) are presented on three different layers.

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