- The term preflight is used to describe the process
we use to determine if a job is prepared in a manner
that is compatible with our production procedures. We
confirm that all fonts and support files are present.
We examine your support files to determine file format,
resolution, color mode, etc. In general we try to anticipate
any production roadblocks we many encounter and upon
identifying problem areas, try to provide appropriate
- We require accurate full size laser printed proofs
of your document in order to know how you want your
printed job to look. The proofs should match your electronic
file exactly so we can compare the proof to the film
as a quality control measure. Images should be marked
High resolution or Low resolution. Color break your
proof to indicate folds, die cuts, foil stamping, and
embossing, if required.
- Please supply all bit map (screen) and outline
(printer) fonts used in your document files, including
those used in support files. We are requesting these
fonts strictly for the purpose of processing your job.
We will not add these fonts to our system and will need
you to supply them with each job. When specifying fonts,
use an actual typeface avoiding the use of application
level style attributes such as bold, italic outline,
shadow, etc. Although it may print to a desktop laser
printer, when it reaches our high-resolution image setter
the information can not be converted properly, resulting
in the infamous courier substitution shown here.
Files - All linked (TIFF and/or EPS) placed in
your document must be included with your job. The original
graphic is needed for high resolution output and/or
editing. Free Hand users should also include the native
(non EPS) application file. Make sure to update your
document if you modify any of your support files after
placing them. Color- When specifying colors it is important
to differentiate between Spot colors and Process Match
colors. Spot Colors are custom mixed combinations of
colored inks such as Pantone or Toyo, and are independent
of Process Color. Process Match Colors are simulations
of Spot color inks using combinations of the four Process
inks: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. When defining
Process match colors always use the CMYK color model.
Avoid the use of the predetermined default color of
Red, Green, and Blue(RGB).
- The responsibility to set traps is a work flow
decision that should be discussed and established early
in the production cycle. We do not require you to do
trapping but files must be prepared in a manner compatible
with our trapping software.
- When adding bleeds you should extend them at
least 1/8" past the sheet's cut edge, but not more than
¼" on all sides that bleed
for Output - Be sure that your files are organized
from the start of the project to reduce the chances
of forgetting files required to properly image set your
job. Provide only the files needed for processing your
job. If you send files that you do not intend for us
to use in processing your job, place them all in a folder
named "DO NOT USE" to avoid any confusion. Remove any
unnecessary objects from the pasteboard area (outside
the page limits) of your document. Remove any unused
color form the palette.
Sending Files through
When you send a file
electronically, you are sending a data file. Generally
you can attach any file to your e-mail message and it
will reach the person you are sending it to, in the
original format that you sent in.
- Some files you may want to compress before sending.
Compressing the file will take up less memory on your
computer. Some email programs will compress automatically.
If you are not sure about yours, you can compress the
file before you attach it to the e-mail. To compress
a file you need to obtain a compression program. The
following are some suggested ways of finding a compression
program for both the Personal Computer and the Macintosh
Computers - Some of the most commonly used programs
for compressing files are Pkzip and WinZip. Both programs
compress files in a zip disk format. If you would like
to download a shareware version of Pkzip and WinZip,
you can click here shareware.com and go immediately
to the web site. A second thing you can do is to go
to any search engine and type in Pkzip or WinZip and
there will be many different versions to download.
- If you are using a Macintoshes the most common
program for compressing files is a program called Stuffit
Deluxe. This program can also be obtained from shareware.com.
Files - To send a file click on the following
then look for send attachment on your e-mail program.
Generally all e-mail systems will allow you to send
attachments so browse around until you find it. If you
wish, you may write a message in the text box where
you can give the instructions for the file that you
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Please fill out the the following information and browse
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