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What Is Prepress in the Printing Industry?

If you are in the printing industry you might have heard of the term “prepress” being thrown around. Gaining knowledge of this step in the process of production will come in handy and useful for business owners, marketing professionals and purchasing agents who are involved in the process of producing and printing.

In-depth Look into Prepress

Prepress refers to the process of creating a layout and carrying out all the steps that lead to a finalized print project. A digital prepress machine is used, and it accepts electronic information and later converts all your data files onto paper. An experienced prepress team is needed where you are looking to save time especially if the artwork was designed by a graphic designer.

File types, output needs and file sizes can slow down the process of printing significantly but making use of a trained prepress team and technician you can have your results quickly and efficiently.

The Basics of Prepress

The process of prepress begins the second a customer submits their art files for production. A customer requires the final project to be a mirror image of their hard work and design. This is why most clients use professionals for all their commercial printing needs.

Professional printing houses have the latest technologies at their disposal and will not hesitate to utilize them to ensure the clients’ final product is what they actually intended. They can almost assure that what the client envisions will be the delivered final product.

Steps Involved in The Prepress Process

The first step is to prepare the data for transmission. Next, the prepress will make sure the input information is correct and ensure it satisfies all the production requirements. Next, after validation, proofs are created and transmitted to the client or customer for approval to make sure this is exactly what they wanted.

Some steps like screening, trapping, colour separation, transparency flattening, and colour management may be included in the prepress production process to ensure the final product is high quality and up to the client’s requirements.

It is advisable to use a professional prepress team that will deliver the best of the best and a final product that is exactly what you wanted. The prepress process may sound hectic and difficult, but these prepress teams are well accustomed to what they do and will deliver a high-quality final product efficiently and quickly. This eliminates any worries you may have.