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The Black Plate is the Key to Cost Savings

Designing for translation or other variable data printing

When designing a piece for translation or other variata data, the main trick is to keep anything that changes on the black plate, or key plate only. By doing this you will be able to keep the other three plates when you change over from one language to the other, and you will only have to pay the cost of the black plates. If you were to translate a flyer in 5 languages and you used this method, you would be paying the cost of 8 plates instead of 20. The more pages your design has, the more you save.

When dealing with languages, the most obvious element that changes is text. Any text that is going to change once translated, should only appear on the black plate and not on any other plate. Avoid using blacks which are formed by any percentage of cyan, magenta and yellow, because they will appear on all 4 plates.

Putting everything that changes on the black plate doesn't have to limit your design possibilities. Discover how to be creative with your layout even while saving money.

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