Print production covers a few different tasks. From creating FPO postscript files and then making a multi-layered PSD to creating vector graphics for the CGI team. The typical process for stripping a mechanical is when the retoucher is finished making edits / converting the CT’s, we then place that image within the InDesign mechanical. We then need to make sure all the fonts are loaded correctly, make sure all the colors are correct for separation (4cp, Pantone, Dieline), make sure there’s enough bleed and the ad is the correct size in dimensions. After that is all reviewed, a postscript file is generated. We drop that PS file in a hotfolder on our Kodak Prinergy server where a series of PDFs, VPS files and error logs are generated.

The assembly department is also responsible for uploads/downloads either to DVD or to an FTP server. A download link is generated and emailed to the client with details and instructions for and easy, pain-free download. Each client has their own FTP username and password for security reasons.

For physical proofing, we have multiple large-format inkjets at different sizes. We can print something on paper up to 5 feet wide and up to 100 feet long. Simulations for each printer are calibrated on a regular basis. The simulations are to mimic different paper stocks the piece will be printed on. We also have 3 FujiFinal dot-based proofing devices. These are special in that they represent a dot-based pattern exactly like a actual printing press would. The largest sheet we can use for the Fuji is 20 x 30.

The QC process happens in the light booth. after the proof has been made, we check each proof carefully to make sure all the edits are done and the color looks correct. QC is also in charge of making ship materials for FedEx or GrafAir. Sometimes we’re cutting it close to making the FedEx deadline for a proof arriving on time, so we have to use a different service.

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