Newest Articles for Printing - 3

Prepress | Preflight Your Files

Preflighting is the process of putting together all of the necessary elements of your design, reviewing them, and sending them to the printer. This is an extremely important part of any job, because it is 100% up to you to make sure that your files are perfect. Before ever printing a job make sure that all of your fonts and graphics are exactly how you want them to be, because having a prepress department fix it for you is expensive.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Friday, February 4th, 2011

Postpress Issues To Check For

Whether you have a job that is in progress or postpress it's important to double check everything before handing anything over to a client. Every job will have some errors but most press workers will spot any obvious problems, but we're all human.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

What Is Trapping?

In commercial printing trapping is the process of slightly overlapping colors to avoid gaps caused by registration errors. Color trapping compensates for registration errors caused when printing plates are not aligned properly, and unwanted white gaps shows through between colors. Trapping prevents this by intentionally overlapping colors to eliminate any minute registration issues. In the past trapping was done by creating a slight distance between image emulsion in the film and the actual plate. Today most trapping done using automated software.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

7 Common Printing Problems

There are a few obvious problems to look for while your job is in progress or post press. A minute amount of every job will have some problems on at least one piece, but most printers will spot and throw away any problem sheets. While quality varies from printer to printer, the following problems should never be considered deliverable. As a final reminder check your jobs before you submit them for print and after you receive them. Never be afraid to say something when your job looks noticeably different than your proof.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Types Of Die Cuts | Printing

Five different types of die cuts that all are used to create different effects, and dimensions. This article includes diagrams of the actual dies, as well as their different uses.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011