After designing a document comes prepress. It is the process of preparing digital files for the printing press — making them ready for printing (pre > before and press > printing on a printing press). Prepress or make-ready tasks will vary depending on file complexity and printing method but some may include:

  • Double-checking fonts
  • Making sure graphics are in the right format
  • Preparing camera ready artwork
  • Creating color separations
  • Adding crop marks
  • Trapping (done to prevent color gaps when colors touch in a layout)
  • Producing prepress proofs
  • Obtaining film for creating printing plates

Some prepress tasks, such as trapping and proofs, are best handled by a service bureau or commercial printer. Hand-in-hand with prepress is preflight. A preflight checklist (yes, like airplane pilots use) is simply a final check to insure that you've done your prepress tasks.

Although, as the name implies, prepress is primarily for preparing files for a printing press or other commercial printing process, even with desktop printing you need to do some prepress (or, preprint or file prep).

Enfocus Pitstop Pro, Pitstop Server and Connect are some of the software that can help you with prepress tasks. For more information, click the button below!

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