Category Archives: Tool, Tips & Tricks

If you’ve ever designed a printed piece you know that getting the results you expect takes some knowledge and skill. We’d like to help you learn more about your end of the process. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful prepress guidelines. They cover many topics that will help you troubleshoot your designs and eliminate errors in file preparation and transfer.

Sending Files

We can receive files by: Click here to upload your file using our online solutions or follow the instructions below: Transportable Media (Floppies, Zip disk, CD, Syquest disk) Email Files which are under 3MB in size after being compressed with WinZip or Stuffit can be e-mailed to: prepress@proprint.net FTP File Transfer Files which are over Continue Reading...

Packaging Files to be Output

Laser Proofs Send a black and white laser print. If your publication is in color, submit both a composite laser proof and color separations. This laser should be the final version of your file and at 100% size. If your project is too large to print a 100% proof then write the reduction percentage on Continue Reading...

Colors and Trapping

Base the colors you specify in your publication on the method that will be used to print it. This will be either Four Color Process (CMYK), Spot Color, or a combination of both. In design applications this is usually referred to as the color mode. CMYK (Process Color) The four process color inks are Cyan, Continue Reading...

Fonts

Postscript and TrueType are the font standards for digital imaging. Watch out for inexpensive font packages. They are not of good quality and will not print correctly. Stick with Postscript and TrueType from reputable vendors. You must submit a copy of all the screen and printer fonts you use in your publication, including those that Continue Reading...

Linked Files

A Link is the original file for any image you used in your publication but did not create within that publication. Our computers must be able to locate and refer to the original image file when translating the data to our printers. If the link is not found, there will be errors in the translation; Continue Reading...

Problem Artwork

Almost without exception artwork downloaded from the Web is 72 dpi (extremely low resolution). This art is designed to look great on a computer monitor, but prints ragged and fuzzy. Typical file formats for Web art are JPEG (JPG) and GIF. Don’t use them for print. Photographs made with digital cameras are growing in popularity. Continue Reading...

Artwork, Scanning and Resolution

All image files should be one of the following formats: For Halftones: Grayscale TIFF, CMYK TIFF, or EPS For Line Art: Bitmapped (Raster) TIFF or EPS Freehand EPS files should be accompanied by their parent file. Do not place or “nest” a vector EPS file inside another EPS file. It is not advisable to use Continue Reading...

Appropriate Applications for Digital Prepress

Page Layout Applications: Quark XPress, Page Maker, InDesign, Publisher 2000 Vector Art Illustration and Editing Applications: Freehand, Illustrator, CoreI Draw Raster Art Creation and Editing Applications: Photoshop, Photopaint, Photo Deluxe Limitations and Uses of Word Processing Programs: Programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel or Word Perfect are not designed for commercial prepress work. These Continue Reading...

What We Need in Order to Output Your File

In order to correctly output your file you must provide to us: The original Page Layout document (file)! All illustrations and scanned images used in the document. All Screen and Printer Postscript fonts used, including fonts that are a part of EPS files used in the document. An accurate laser proof of the final version Continue Reading...