Basically, preflight is going over your completed job files to identify and correct potential problems before the files are output to film. Printers borrowed the term “preflight” from the procedure pilots use before taking off.
Just as in air travel, proper preflighting can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth, successful outcome for your project. Proper preflight procedures not only reduce your prepress costs, but also make sure your job is accurately output within your turnaround time.
Some of the most common issues seen when preflighting files are:
You don’t have to be a printing expert to preflight your job files. Simply double-check your job before you submit it to make sure you’ve included everything. The following are a few questions to ask when preflighting your job.
This has been a very brief overview of preflighting, and you may encounter additional challenges as you prepare your print jobs. If you have any questions about preflight, contact your Customer Service Representative (CSR) or call us at (360) 664-4343.