Cutter Reg Marks InDesign

Script for Adobe InDesign
Latest update 4/15/2022, version 1.0

Add registration marks (dots) for flatbed cutting plotters.

  • Choose layer for marks, or create it
  • Specify offset from page edge, or layer content

For the Illustrator version of this script, see Cutter Reg Marks

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Script adds five registration dots as shown.

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How to use the script

The script creates five registration dots that flatbed cutting plotters use to align cuts to the printed content. The marks created are 1/4" round dots colored 100% black.

The interface has one section with all options:

Marks layer — select the layer to which marks are added. The script looks for a layer named Regmarks, and selects it if the layer exists. If not, the script offers to create it, and includes in the list the choice [Create 'Regmarks'], which creates a new layer of the name atop all other layers. Or choose any other layer.

Margins — marks are placed around the artwork, but if content is close to particular page edges, this option allows the choice to favor either top/bottom or left/right. Use whichever margin has more room. For top/bottom, the odd (fifth) mark is placed in the top margin two-thirds from left. For left/right, the odd mark is placed in the right margin one-third down from the top.

Offset, X and Y — the distance from the left (X) and top (Y) marks are placed from the selected reference (set below). Each axis, X and Y, may be set to different values. Set the desired measurement units in the drop-down list. When units change, values are converted to the equivalent value using the new units.

Relative to — the reference from which marks are placed. Page places the marks inside the page area, the value of the Offset away from the page edge. Layer places the marks outside the selected layer's contents, the value of the Offset away from the contents.

Layer — when Relative to Layer is selected, choose the layer that is the reference. All elements on the layer determine its bounding box, away from which the marks are placed.

Randomize position — if enabled, marks are not precisely aligned, rather shifted one point in various directions. Required in some workflows to ensure the cut layer is upright in relation to the printed content.

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