Stepping out Flexo plates by hand....question on bearer bars!


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Hi, I usually step my files out using Esko software and smartmarks. But, I have a job that needs specific marks so I need to step the files by hand in .ai. I am wondering if anyone knows if the bearer bars should be distorted when I go to distort the art for plating? Since I am used to using Esko Smart marks I am not sure if the bearer bars are distorted or not! Thanks!


A little bit senseless question because actually you are not distort not only the art on the plate but the plate itself so if you distort the art = you distort also all marks include bearer marks


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definitely yes, design your file completely, (step n repeat file) along with bearer bar n marks you needed on the plat before you distort the file.

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