Preflight and File Preparation

Preflight and File Preparation

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The Against the Clock series is ideal for any course that includes graphic arts software and computer design software as part of the curriculum. Courses can be found in Office Information Systems, Computer Science, and Fine Arts Departments, as well as Continuing Education, Journalism, and Printing and Lithography.

With a focus on newly evolving and proven techniques for ensuring accurate and timely output from digital layout files, File Preparation and Preflight, 2/e begins with an exploration of workflow-the tasks and processes required to prepare, package and deliver efficient digital content to their graphic arts service providers. From the start, the authors focus on the specific roles that various people play in the process-from the designer, to the mechanical artist, to the customer service representative, imaging experts, and output specialists. Each chapter is aimed at providing real-world examples of output challenges, and the solutions that ensure proper output. Considering the number of pages that fail to output properly, and their impact on the cost and timeliness of the project, File Preparation and Preflight, 2/e will prove an invaluable aid for the design team, production house, or graphic arts service provider.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 352 pages
  • 215.4 x 276.4 x 14.2mm | 748.44g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130941808
  • 9780130941800

Table of contents

Getting Started.

Platform. Naming Conventions. The CD-ROM and Initial Setup Considerations. Prerequisites.


1. Preflighting and Digital Workflow.

Introducing the Preflight Concept. The Players. Understanding Prepress Workflows. Bridging the Communication Gap.

2. The Hardware.

The Computer. Storage and Transportation. Digital Image Capture. Printing and Output.

3. On the Desktop.

The Page Layout. Types and Fonts. Vector Graphics (Illustrations). Raster (Bitmap) Images. Post-processing Software. Preflighting.

4. Types and Fonts.

Typography. Types of Digital Fonts. Installing and Managing Fonts. Font Management Utilities.

Level 1 Preflighting.

Foreign Language Typesetting. Type in Graphics. Text in Images. Determining the Necessary Fonts.

Level 2 Preflighting.

Checking Job Fonts. What to Do if Fonts are Missing. Fonts and Copyright.

Level 3 Preflighting.

Font and Text Errors. Shop Responsibilities Related to Type. Making Certain That All Text is Showing. Finding and Correcting Damaged Fonts.

5. Color.

Level 1 Preflighting.

Using the Proper Color Mode. Color by Numbers. Defining Spot Colors. Color Gradients. Avoiding Misregister.

Level 2 Preflighting.

Checking Incoming Files. Using Preflight Software to Check Color.

Level 3 Preflighting.

Color Errors. Color Definition Errors. Mismatched Color Names. Imported Images Containing Custom Colors. Converting Images to CMYK. Total Area Coverage. Spot Color Screen Angles. Correcting Blends for Banding. Trapping.

6. Graphics and Images.

Level 1 Preflighting.

Using the Correct File Format. File Resolution. Using Clipping Paths in Images. Complex Vector Files. Collecting Images for Output.

Level 2 Preflighting.

Checking Image Files. Missing and Modified Images. Manually Checking for Problem Images. FlightCheck Image Ground Controls.

Level 3 Preflighting.

Correcting Image Problems. Resolution. Interchanging File Formats. Monitoring File Size. Checking Paths. Simplifying Complex Vector Graphics. Essentials of Color Correction. Line Screens and Other Dot Problems.

7. Page Layout and Geometry.

Page Size. Printers' Marks. Bleed and Creep. Imposition. Printers' and Readers' Spreads.

Level 1 Preflighting.

Building the Better Beast. Single-Page Documents: Printers and Flyers. Multi-Panel Documents. More Complex Folds and Binding Operations. Using Illustration Programs for Layout. The Paper It's Printed On. Some Final Thoughts. Submitting the Job.

Level 2 Preflighting.

Checking Incoming Jobs.

Level 3 Preflighting.

Taming the Wild Beast. Document Construction Problems.

8. Putting It All Together.

Printer and Other Proofing Options.

Level 1 Preflighting.

Submitting the Job. Software Collecting and Reporting Features. What's in a Proof? The Output Request Form.

Level 2 Preflighting.

What You Need from the Computer. Completing the Job Inventory.

Level 3 Preflighting.

Finishing the Process. What Errors Should Preflight Catch? Understanding PostScript. PostScript Errors. Preflighting PDF Files. The Level 3 Preflighter Report.



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About Inc. Against the Clock

Ellenn Behoriam is the President and founder of Against The Clock, which has its roots in on-site training in many of the nation's leading publishing, design, prepress and printing companies. Today, Ellenn and her staff, along with dozens of professional writers, educators, illustrators, and artists collaborate via a worldwide network to develop, illustrate, test, and publish courses for the Prentice Hall Against The Clock library. The group is dedicated to delivering the most helpful and well thought out series available for the graphic arts industry.
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