Color Print Screen Printer Fonts: Check Color Usage with Preflight

Markzware, the developer of FlightCheck, the patented preflight technology, is familiar with the printing industry. FlightCheck is the standard preflight solution for prepress to check for print quality assurance.

A few years ago, printed pieces were created using strips of text that were pasted on art boards. These strips of paper were bound to the board with wax or rubber cement. Known as “cold type,” it wasn’t until the early ’90s that most organizations began to rely on page layout programs. Today, the freedom that computer programs allow is as varied as your imagination.

Even so, certain rules must be followed when designing direct mail pieces. First, four-color printing typically needs to be CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), and the screen and printer fonts must be included on the disk when sent to a print vendor. Systematically checking your files before they are printed at your own facility is the best way to ensure error-free output. To follow the basic rules of print production, use FlightCheck for preflighting during prepress.

Color Print Screen Printer Fonts: Check Color Usage with Preflight

How to preflight color to check print screen and printer fonts, by using FlightCheck

Create your layout in QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, or other desktop publishing (DTP) program. Then, drag the file icon over the FlightCheck icon. This pre press software checks for a number of “trouble spots” in your file. Then, FlightCheck generates a preflight report that alerts you (or your vendor) to printing problems. The report details allow for file corrections before document output for printing.

The majority of printing problems encountered by content creators revolve around fonts. FlightCheck shows you the types of fonts used in a document. It also answers the most critical questions: Do I have the screen and printer fonts? Both fonts are necessary to ensure that the text will image properly and flow correctly when printed. This is true whether you print on your own devices or send the project to a print vendor.

Check Color Usage to Ensure Print Quality by
Preflighting with FlightCheck before Printing

Markzware FlightCheck for preflighting can check color usage during prepress, before printing

Color is another major concern during content creation. FlightCheck can show if all of the images are Red-Green-Blue (RGB) or separated for four-color process printing. It also examines “color traps,” the areas where colors are overlapping or are adjacent to each other. Often, black is set in the page layout program to overlap, hiding any potential color gaps. Sometimes these gaps also appear in the frames around images.

FlightCheck from Markzware is such a versatile preflight tool. Try the free FlightCheck demo and see how easy it is to preflight a number of file formats and ensure quality print output. More printing solutions are on the Markzware Products page.

Color Print Screen Printer Fonts: Check Color Usage with Preflight