OK, you’ve got the project, you’ve sorted the brief, done the roughs, got the approval, sorted the design and artwork now you need to send it off to the printers but is it ready for them?
Here is a quick guide/checklist of pre-flight prep…
- Final spell checks completed and there are no mistakes.
- Spot and process colors are defined to separate as 4-color process.
- Imported images are built in the correct color format.
- PMS colors are defined identically throughout all imported graphics files.
- A 3-5mm bleed (or size desired by your printer) has been built into the document if necessary.
- All imported images are the correct resolution (usually 300dpi).
- All imported images have the correct corresponding colors to be printed.
- All imported images are an appropriate format for printing, e.g. tiff or eps.
- Any low-resolution FPO images have been replaced with their high-resolution versions.
- All imported images are built in the correct color space for separations, e.g. CMYK vs. RGB, spot vs. process.
- Fonts have been rasterized in Photoshop or converted to outlines in Illustrator.
- Fonts are defined in document using the actual font, not fake bold or italic.
- You have both the printer and screen fonts available for all typefaces used to send to the printer.
- There are no fonts in any of your imported images.
COLLECT FOR OUTPUT
- A collect for output has been done and all graphics, fonts and images are in a folder to be sent to the printer.
- Composite laser prints have been printed at 100% and noted for the vendor. (colour prints if possible)
- Mock up has been printed and assembled.
- Laser prints of separations are printed to correspond with composites.
- A disk directory has been printed, and file(s) to be output are highlighted.
I hope this helps.