Prepress & File Preparation:
Prepress and Design
The quality of your project, at PXPOHIO, begins with the techniques used to make your job a reality. Like fine artisans, we understand that upholding the quality you put into your design is our greatest responsibility. Our digital prepress department will work with you in creating well-built files that will ensure the highest quality of printing possible. We can also be an educational resource for you with support in:
• Starting with the best possible art
• Working in the correct software
• Maintaining image quality
• Building your files to size…and more
Design dilemmas? Fresh, innovative ideas and creativity are available! We can assist you whether you have a new project to launch, a logo designed or need to carry a corporate image through an entire marketing package.
Preparing Files for Press
The following steps were designed to help our customers better prepare their files for printing. Why? Because better files equal less problems and cost to you. Obviously, we can’t cover every problem you may encounter here, but taking some of these basic steps can help tremendously.
Step 1: Check your images.
For optimum print quality images should be at least 300 dpi (or 1200 dpi for line art). Check your links to see if they are all up to date.
In InDesign, go to the main menu Window>Links. The Red circles indicate missing graphics that need to be linked. The Yellow triangles indicate images that have been modified and just need to be updated.
In Illustrator, go to the main menu Window>Links. Although Illustrator allows you to embed your images, we ask that you also send your images separately as well, in case any editing needs to be done. The symbol (circled in yellow) indicates an image that has been embedded, no symbol indicates an image that is linked.
In QuarkXPress go to the main menu Utilities>Usage. Make sure that all of your links have the OK Status.
Step 2: Check your bleeds.
All bleeds should be set to at least 1/8″ (.125″ or 9 points)
Step 3: Run spell check.
Step 4: Remove all unused colors from your color palette and run color separated proofs.
This has always been a good fool proof way of avoiding costly delays, especially on jobs using spot colors.
Step 5: Prepare a press ready PDF file and/or collect your files to submit.
PXPOHIO uses an all digital PDF workflow. Therefore, we are happy to receive your job in PDF format. We do, however, suggest that you also send your source files as well in case any last minute editing should need to be done.