Pre-Press Printing Advice & Tips
We accept files in all sorts of formats including professional layout application such as Quark Express™ and Indesign™ to desktop applications like Word™ and Powerpoint™. The format we prefer above all is the industry standard PDF (Portable Document Format). For the best results from your files please follow these guidelines carefully. However, if all of the information below seems to be written in another language, and makes no sense at all, please give us a call and we will be happy to guide you through the process from start to finish.
Three Easy-to-Avoid Prepress Problems
Three of the most common — and easy-to-avoid — prepress problems that can bring your print job to a halt revolve around (1) fonts, (2) bleeds, and (3) images.Fonts are typically the most problematic issue — they can be missing, they can be a mix of Postscript and TrueType, they can be incomplete if both the screen and print fonts are not present. Another font dilemma can be caused if you stylize a font (e.g., Optima) to be “bold” from the Style Menu rather than actually selecting the font file “Optima Bold” (assuming you have the actual font file). Many fonts and versions of the same font exist in the world. The best way to ensure that we have the right font for your print job is to include the actual font you used to create the job when you submit your artwork to us. (Ask us for tips on “packaging” your art files.) Bleeds are a typical but easy enough prepress error to resolve. A bleed occurs when an image, block of color, or other graphic element appears to run off the edge of the sheet.
The following guide lines will assist you when you are preparing page material. The more carefully you prepare the material before it is sent to press, the more time will be saved in the production stage. Unnecessary costs are not encountered and the end result is a project that is on time and on budget.
10 Pre-Press Tips For Perfect Print Publishing
A lot of designers think CMYK is the way to go when designing for print. We will, of course, always use CMYK-based ink, but this does not mean you have to work with CMYK files. You can work with RGB images to perfectly optimize your print colors and save a great deal of time in the process.