CanPrint uses the pre-flighting process to confirm that the files supplied to us are all present, valid, correctly formatted, and of the desired type. Pre-flighting is an important step because it prevents production delays further down the line caused by missing materials or incorrect formatting. Once the incoming materials have passed the pre-flight check, they are ready to be put into pre-press ready to be imposed and proofed.
The pre-flight process checks that:
- images and graphics embedded by the client have been provided and are available to the application,
- fonts are accessible to the system,
- fonts are not corrupt,
- fonts are in a compatible file format,
- image files are of formats that the application can process,
- image files are of the correct colour format (some RIPs have problems processing RGB images, for example),
- image files are of the correct resolution,
- required colour profiles are included,
- image files are not corrupt,
- the page layout document size, margins, bleeds, marks and page information all fit within the constraints of the output device and match the client specifications, and
- the correct colour separations or ink plates are being output.