Before getting ready to bring us your
files, preflighting is recommended.
We perform a basic preflight
on all files coming in to us
to help ensure proper printing. This includes a font check, color mode check
and image resolution check. But, printing problems due to improper file set up
is ultimately the responsibility of the client. Therefore, think of
preflighting and proofing as an insurance policy to hassle-free printed
For a preflight checklist to view and
print, click here to download. Adobe Reader
will be needed to view and print
After preflighting your files, do a
collect for output. This means collecting your final page layout file and
all support files used to send to us.
UTILITIES WITHIN THE APPLICATIONS
FOR FILE COLLECTING
- QuarkXpress.........."Collect for Output"
- Publisher..............."Pack and Go"
- Flightcheck............"Collect Files"
- Create document
size to equal trim size (for large format
printing, document size can be 75% of final trim size)
- Extend items off
document size .125 in. for items that bleed
- Keep all important
text within .125 in. margin from trim
- Convert all RGB images
to grayscale for composite output or CMYK images for film separations
- For digital color
printing, RGB images produce best color
- Convert fonts to
paths (outlines) in vector programs before placing into final page layout
- Always place
graphics into layout (as links), avoid the copy-paste command
- Images should be
300 ppi final size in page layout (you can use a minimum of 150 ppi for
digital color printing)
- Line art should be
800 ppi or higher final size to avoid jagged edges
- Save graphic files
as PSD, EPS or TIFF formats (if must use JPEG format, use with caution for this
is a lossy compression format)
- Keep an eye on
spot color names; make sure all PANTONE CVC, CV, CVU and C or other spot
colors use only one name per separation. In the composite, digital
workflow it is very important to use all pantone colors from the same
library, because when these colors print in cmyk inks it will reference
this color library.
- Make sure all layers not being used are deleted.
- If using transparent elements, make sure to use the
cmyk color mode to build your documents. In Illustrator, the Document
Raster Effects resolution setting should be 300 dpi. Always use the high
resolution transparency flattener setting when saving or exporting the
file. Use caution when mixing overprint features and spot colors with
transparency. View the printed results of overprinting on-screen by
enabling Overprint Preview. Provide a PDF/X (flattened) file with your
- Update all links
before saving a final copy
- Run a set of
separated lasers to check color breaks and content, or view the
separations to screen using the separations window if available.
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