The Prepress department offers a wide variety of services including graphic design, desktop publishing and pre-flighting your supplied files. Graphic Design and layout services are available for any number and type of publication. Examples include: logos, graphics, displays, posters, brochures, books, flyers, annual reports, business cards, letterhead, envelopes, and more.Desktop Publishing Services Output of customer-created electronic files to either a high-resolution imagesetter, color printer or high-speed xerographic equipment. We currently support the following software programs in both Macintosh and Windows platforms (when available):

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
  • QuarkXpress
  • MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Microsoft Publisher

Preflighting Supplied Files

The process of preflighting a file helps reduce the likelihood of rasterization problems that cause production delays. Page layout software applications, (which allow users to combine images, graphics, and text from a variety of formats,) automate portions of the preflight process.

Typically, client provided materials are verified by a preflight operator for completeness and to confirm the incoming materials meet the production requirements. The pre-flight process checks for:

  • images and graphics embedded by the client have been provided and are available to the application
  • fonts are accessible to the system
  • fonts are not corrupt
  • fonts are in a compatible file format
  • image files are of formats that the application can process
  • image files are of the correct color format (some RIPs have problems
  • processing RGB images, for example)
  • image files are of the correct resolution
  • required color profiles are included
  • image files are not corrupt
  • confirm that the page layout document size, margins, bleeds, marks and
  • page information all fit within the constraints of the output device and
  • match the client specifications
  • confirm that the correct colour separations or ink plates are being output