What Is… Prepress?

advancedpf Prepress, Tips & Pointers

Prepress is the term used in commercial printing for everything that happens before print production. Prepress procedures include: 

  • Preflight of supplied files
  • Typesetting and copy changes
  • Color correction of images
  • Creation of high quality, press ready PDF files
  • Dieline layout
  • Proofing
  • Imposition
  • Trapping
  • Screening

Preflight can also include planning and preparation for print jobs that require finishing work.

Prepress is a necessary function that helps coordinate the needs of the printing, finishing and bindery departments with the files supplied by the customer. 

Have a Plan

The Advanced Print & Finishing prepress department has decades of experience in file preparation and work closely with customers to streamline the production process. Be sure to contact us early to discuss your next project. Chances are we can provide advise on how to save money or streamline the production process. As we say in Prepress, “a little planning can go a long way”.

Stay Tuned

Check back for additional “What Is…” posts that will describe other terms such as RIP and Trap.