Preparing artwork for print can be a challenge. The print production department, or more specifically, the pre press department, is where the files are checked and pre-flighted to ensure that there are no issues that will arise when they go to print. Whilst print ready PDFs are the preferred format for most printers, corrections that can be made are quite limited as the PDF is not the native working file where adjustments can be made. Hence, it is important for the designer to undertake their own pre-flighting to ensure their artwork is print ready.
For rapid and accurate processing of your work, files should be set up correctly, using the correct software and with the correct settings. Here is a quick checklist for how to prepare print ready files:
Whilst printers take all reasonable care to check your artwork, you should ensure that all files are checked against our specifications and proof read thoroughly.
Sending your file(s) – Artwork can be supplied via
• CD or DVD
• Email (files emailed with attachment must not exceed 8Mb)
• FTP (for approved clients only – to register for an FTP account please contact our Sales Department)
• Via YouSendIt.com or other online file sharing sites
For more detail about file preparation, file formats and PDF file settings please click here for our website link or contact the prepress department at Erwins Printing on 03 9793 4844.