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If you output your ArtiosCAD design to a PDF, you can use that file to design its graphic content.

Once the graphic design is ready, you might want to create a PDF that also shows the ArtiosCAD design.

In this case, the lines of the ArtiosCAD design need to be set to overprint.


ArtiosCAD does not know the concept of overprint. After exporting the PDF, you will need to set the lines in overprint, either manually or via your workflow.

It's recommended to output to PDF with Technical Inks (available from version 12.1.1).
Lines will be in named colors (spot colors) like Cut, Crease, etc. . Most Workflows have the option to set these to overprint.

To output a PDF with Technical Inks, make sure the option Output Properties > Device > Tuning Filename is set to Tune.PDF.UseSpotColors.xml (or Tune.PDF.SpotColors.xml for ArtiosCAD version 12.1.1)


An incorrect modification of values and parameters in the ArtiosCAD Defaults can cause critical problems that might lead to severe problems in the correct functioning of the program. Esko cannot guarantee the proper working of your ArtiosCAD installation due to an incorrect handling of parameters and settings. A reinstall might be mandatory in order to restore the original system state. For this reason, Esko recommends that you take regular backups of the ServerLib (Shared Defaults) folder, the database and the FileStore.

Please contact your local Esko Support team in case you need more advice related to backups.

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