Sending Files for Press - Need some Info

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Chris Keath, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Chris Keath

    Chris Keath Guest

    I'm new to this but when sending press ready files........how exactly
    does the printer send the file to the printer ? I'm curious as I sent
    them a bunch of Illustrator files and they send the same files back to
    me as Acrobat files to sign off on..........

    I don't think they would send the print job as Acrobat but if someone
    could enlighten me, that would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Chris Keath, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. Chris Keath

    Hunt Guest

    There are a myriad of ways to get files printed with ink on paper in the
    commercial sense. They (the printer, or rep, or design facility which will
    outsource the actual printing) should furnish you with a spec sheet on exactly
    what is required. This will differ from print shop to print shop, though much
    will be the same. Get this set of exact specifications and do not let them
    blow you off by saying, "hey, we can handle any file you send... " Make them
    fill in ALL of the blanks and get it in writing, i.e FAX, or e-mail, that you
    can print out and refer to when you output the files.

    Next, the PDF that they sent you back is probably a Save_As PDF from whatever
    program you used (A Illustrator?). They obviously opened your files and then
    saved these (this) for you to comment on. Open their file(s) in AI and look
    carefully at them. This is your proof. You will probably never again have
    input, so don't blow it. They may have notations on the PDF. Look at all of
    them and comment on them, using the notation function in later AI versions.
    Send them back, only when you are satisfied. If your comments require changes,
    they should be able to direct you and this is the LAST chance you might have
    to get all of the specs.

    You might want to also proof these files and compare them to your system's
    monitor. If you don't like something, let them know, and ask what can be done.
    Again, this will probably the last time you see the files, before your client
    has a 1:00 AM press check, and the entire printing crew will be standing by
    with paper, ink and press time.

    Good luck,
    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jul 8, 2004
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  3. Chris Keath

    arrooke Guest

    I'm new to this but when sending press ready files........how exactly
    All they're doing is sending you a digital proof. If it's exactly as you
    need, sign off. Cause that's what you're going to get. Keep in mind screen
    colours can/will be different than printed colours.

    In future, what you should do is try to provide the printer with a hard copy
    proof. Shitty inkjet, black & white laser - whatever. Mainly it's to verify
    correct font usage and positioning of images etc.

    You could also send them a PDF along with your original files. Your PDF can
    act as a press proof for them.
    *However*, if you send them a PDF proof, make damn sure all your fonts are
    properly embedded. If they aren't, they could be viewing something which
    isn't correct. Just because a PDF you made looks good on your screen doesn't
    mean it's right. Before viewing your own PDF, disable any fonts you've used,
    then see if it still looks OK.

    A lot of shops have a PDF workflow and will convert all files to PDF before
    printing.

    Keith.
     
    arrooke, Jul 8, 2004
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  4. Chris Keath

    arrooke Guest

    I hope this is a large order because most shops don't have time for all this
    otherwise. Most decent shops can handle any file. With the usual amount of
    dicking around that's necessary for customer files 95% of the time.
    No shop would/should use 'save as' PDF. The PDF should be printed through
    their RIP driver for accuracy.
    Never open a PDF in Illustrator if 100% accuracy is required. It can reflow.
    Always open in Acrobat.
    Compare colours with your monitor only as a rough guide. Printed output is
    not going to match your monitor.
    For accuracy, ask the printer to see a colour match proof. You'll visit the
    shop for this.
    If your file is prepared properly & all fonts & images are included, there
    shouldn't be a problem.
    Best to save files as EPS.

    Keith.
     
    arrooke, Jul 8, 2004
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  5. Chris Keath

    Dunkie Guest

    In our shop, we would convert your file to PDF from
    the native source.

    Pre-flight the PDF to verify PDF-X3 compatability.

    Sometimes we may need to double distill the file to
    remove excessive boarders, flatten transparency etc.
    In our shop if you send a PDF we will start with the pdf
    and only use the native files if we have issues or are
    instructed not to.

    Since we can get predictable results from this point
    on we can either pull a quick proof or send a PDF to
    the client for content proofing.
     
    Dunkie, Jul 10, 2004
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