Prepress Checklist

Setting up your document for the best results...

Page Layout Define your page size according to the template specifications provided by TGS. Bleed any necessary pages with customary 1/8" bleeds.

Color TGS prints in 1 color (black) or 4 color process (CMYK). RGB, indexed colors, spot colors, Pantone solid colors and embedded color profiles will cause art to separate incorrectly, so please be sure your art is set up using Grayscale or CMYK process colors.

Images Images should be scanned at the size they will be used and imported into the page layout at 100%. Enlarging or reducing an image can compromise quality. Scan at 300-600 dpi for line art, 180 line screen for photos, and save in JPEG, TIFF or EPS format. If JPEG compression is used, set image quality to MAXIMUM. Scanned images must converted to CMYK or grayscale. A cautionary note about JPEG Images downloaded or saved from a web site: These images are low resolution, usually 72 ppi, which are fine for screen display, but far below acceptable quality standards for print. Given the 300 dpi standard, divide the image's pixel height and width by 300 to yield print size in inches or in Photoshop, uncheck resample image and change the resolution to 300 dpi in the image size dialog box.

Rules Do not use hairlines. Rules narrower than 0.5 point will be difficult to hold on press. Color rules will look best if their width is at least 1 point.

Fonts Use PostScript Type 1 fonts if possible - avoid ANY True Type fonts. Always select font styles from the font menu. Do not use the measurement palette style buttons or type styles menu to change from roman to bold or italic. This creates a "false" bold or italic face that will image incorrectly.

Transparency (any object that may potentially interact with another object). Flatten all art files containing transparencies before placing them in your document. Place objects that are totally opaque (text and line art) on top of any transparencies. In InDesign, open the "File" menu and set Transparency Blend Space to "Document CMYK" and Transparency Flattener Presets to "Medium."

Creating Press-Ready Native Files...

  • Complete: All fonts and graphics are collected in the file.
  • Correct: It is created in accordance with a set of guidelines that result in a truly press-ready file.

Creating Press-Ready PDF Files...
The perfect PDF file for TGS printing is...

  • Complete: It contains all embedded fonts and linked graphics in the file, thus eliminating all font and file compatibility issues.
  • Compact: It is smaller than the original files with all of their linked components.
  • Correct: It is created in accordance with a set of guidelines that result in a truly press-ready file..TGS prefers PDF/X-1a (an ISO standard for graphic content exchange) files.

To create a PDF from an InDesign document, (screen shots of dialog boxes)

  1. open the File menu and go to Adobe PDF Presets.
  2. Select [PDF/X-1a:2001]. The Export window will open.
  3. Name your file and click the "Save" Button.
  4. In the "General" window, select the "Range" button and enter the page you want to export.

To create a PDF from a Quark Xpress document (screen shots of dialog boxes)


Thank you very much for the fast service on getting the proof to me.... Incidentally thank you very much for catching the typo on page 2. I read and reread this stuff and after awhile it all looks perfect whether it is or not. As always I appreciate your help on this project. Working with you over the years has made my life a lot easier.

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