Pre-Press

Pre-press Plant List

  • MACINTOSH / WINDOWS BASED FRONT END WILL SUPPORT CROSS-PLATFORM ACROBAT PDFs
  • AGFA APOGEE X
  • INTEGRATED COLOUR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO ISO12647-2
  • EPSON 9880 HIGH RESOLUTION PRESS PROOFS (CALIBRATED)
  • CONTRACT PROOFS FOR HARD COPY APPROVAL
  • AGFA AVALON N8-50S B1
  • THERMAL PLATESETTER
  • AGFA PORTAL

Reprographics:

Four Way have the most up to date pre-press system available today, in our new purpose built facility we can offer fast and efficient turnaround from file to contract proof.

We can take most file formats, but print ready pdf files are the preferred format for a fast and efficient turnaround. Our pre-flight system will give you peace of mind picking up potential problems at the initial stage of production. We use the most up to date Agfa Apogee workflow and chemical free Avalon thermal B1 platesetter available and are constantly upgrading with the latest software to make sure we remain ahead of the game.

Four Way have experienced staff to help you with any problems you may have, we will guide you through the correct way to set your job for output to both proof and plate.

How to setup your pdf file for output

In the perfect scenario pdfs should be 4 colour (CYMK) or (RGB) compliant with all required fonts (typefaces) embedded or paths (outlines). All images/pictures should be high resolution (300dpi) and saved as CYMK JPEG or TIFF files. We would prefer Final print ready cmyk pdf files, but you can supply files in the original format ie. Indesign or QuarkXpress but ensure all fonts, links etc are supplied to us.

All document pages should be set with a 3mm bleed where the design is to be printed to the edge of the sheet and any textual content should not be within 5mm of the edge.

When producing magazines publications etc that have multiple pages when stitching an occurrence known as page creep happens (to explain this, open up a stitched book flat and you will see how the pages move into the centre. We will set up creep to match the paper weight etc in the imposition software but please be aware that images that go over a double page spread may not finish as you expect due to page movement on a large publication a page may move by 3mm in to the centre of the finished book.

Creating pdf files – The problems that can occur

  • Make sure that the resolution of images are at least 300dpi images that have been pulled from the internet are usually 72dpi screen resolution only
  • Please make sure you embed the fonts in the pdf it will fail on the rip if you don't
  • Wrong colour space assigned
  • Page size – please make sure that the size of the finished pdf is the correct size
  • Incorrect trim or bleed size – if this is wrong and no bleed is allocated the finished job will be incorrect a minimum of 3mm bleed is required.
  • Incorrect colours – make sure that spot colours are correct if you require more than 4 colours alter to four colour process.
    Keylines and cutting forms sometimes have problems with trapping eg knocking out of the final pdf make sure they are set to overprint set as spot colours and call the colour – cutter – we have a setting setup for this to enable overprinting.
  • Too much compression – this will result in poor image quality
  • Transparency issues – If the transparency is not flattened you may not get the result you expect
  • Inconsistency with native file (hairlines, gradients)
  • Incorrect ICC profile – we will advise you or supply you with the correct profiles
  • There are various methods of producing pdf files not all of which are correct

Please contact our pre-press department for details – we will be only to happy to help you.
Please let us know if you are having problems creating your pdf files Telephone 01566 771950 or email repro@fourwayprint.com

Colour Control to the ISO standards

We make sure your finished printed job matches the contract proof. Every proof is run to an ISO standard meaning you will receive a colour accurate job from start to finish what you see on the proof is what you get on the printed sheet.

ISO12647/2

See Also: Printing FAQs

Agfa Portal

Agfa Portal system for interactive file upload, allowing electronic proofing in page order or download of a pdf file at source, particularly suitable for magazine work. Contact our Pre-Press department for assistance. repro@fourwayprint.com or Tel: 01566 771950

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