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A Simple Pre-flight Checklist

A SIMPLE PRE-FLIGHT CHECKLIST TO DELIVER PRINT READY FILES

At Xperient, we appreciate quality print ready files. While not a requirement, following simple procedures adds value to how your project is handled and streamlines the delivery of your job. Consider the following details.


Artwork

  • All artwork and images extend at least .125” bleed beyond the finished page size.
  • Logos or graphics created in vector programs have all type converted to outlines.
  • The pasteboard surrounding your design pages is empty. No overflowing text/images.
  • All images are correctly positioned and linked.
  • Live type and critical images are at least .2” within the trimmed document edge.

Fonts

  • All fonts are either included, embedded or outlined.
  • You have only used fonts that you intend to use for output.

Color

  • Colors and images are converted from RGB to CMYK or special and Pantone colors are specified as spot colors.
  • All PMS swatches that will be printed in CMYK have been converted to CMYK values.
  • All duplicate PMS swatches are resolved. (e.g., PMS 289C, 289U, 289CV); Coated (C) vs. Uncoated (U).
  • All unused PMS color swatches should be deleted.
  • All black text is 100% Black, not CMYK Black (Registration).
  • Large black solids and backgrounds have been specified as a Rich Black mix.
  • Varnishing and special treatment areas identified as SPOT colors, if applicable.
  • Total ink density is appropriate for the stock type. 300% coated, 280% uncoated, 250% newsprint.

Page Specs and Final Review

  • The document dimensions are the right size for printing, folding and trimming.
  • Trim, fold, and registration marks are included.
  • Overprint settings have been checked.
  • All pages are supplied as single pages – not spreads.
  • Finished artwork saved as a press-ready PDF with correct pagination.
  • All documents have been proof-read and double checked before submission.

Unsure about your files? No problem. We are happy to review and pre-flight your files upon submission for any print job. Email your file or upload your files securely using our easy, online upload tool, today.


Resources: For a downloadable print pre-flight checklist, right-click link to download here.

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Posted 2017


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