Markzware‘s FlightCheck, the patented preflight solution to check prepress files for print quality control,
has Non-PDF Ground Controls. These include a Image Box section under Images.
This Images > Image Box section offers the following Ground Controls:
- Off the Page
- Clipping Path
- Clipping Path Type ‘Embedded Path’
- Clipping Path Type ‘Non-White Area’
- Clipping Path Type ‘Alpha Channel’
- Clipping Path Type ‘Picture Bounds’
- Colored Fill
- Bitmap Frame
- Box Rotation
- Box Skew
- Box Shadow
Read on to learn how these preflight features can help you.
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Ground Controls:
Images Image Box
Suppressed – Some applications allow you to suppress image printing. The image is visible on the page when you view it on a computer, but the image will not print. This can cause images to disappear from film or plates.
Off the Page – Will trigger when an image is completely outside of the page boundaries. This means that an image will not be seen at print time, but the image is present in the job on the pasteboard.
Clipping Path – This Ground Control is useful as a general flag as to whether an image has a Clipping Path associated with it. This Ground Control works best if you are preflighting a series of EPS or TIFF files that have not been placed in a layout document, to see which files have Clipping Paths.
The following Clipping Path types are really geared towards detecting the type of
Clipping Path that a Layout program such as InDesign or Quark will use when an
image with a Clipping Path has been placed into a layout document:
Clipping Path Type ‘Embedded Path’ – This is the typical “Clipping Path” as assigned in Photoshop. If this Ground Control triggers, then the DTP app is using the Clipping Path created in Photoshop to mask part of the image.
Clipping Path Type ‘Non-White Area’
Clipping Path Type ‘Alpha Channel’
Clipping Path Type ‘Picture Bounds’
Colored Fill – Will trigger if an image container with an image placed in it has
- a background color of other than Black, White or None set in Quark 6.5
- Paper, Black or None in InDesign.
Bitmap Frame – Will trigger if a bitmap frame has been applied to a text or image container in QuarkXPress. Appears to not be an issue in InDesign. Bitmap frames do not scale well and may print in a jagged looking manor.
Box Rotation – Will trigger if the actual picture container has been rotated. In both Quark and InDesign you can rotate the bounding box, i.e. container separately from the contents, this Ground Control detects that the container has been rotated.
Box Skew – Will trigger if a skewing value is applied to an image container.
Box Shadow – Will trigger if a text or image box (or container) has a Drop Shadow applied to it. In both Quark 7 and InDesign, for text boxes you can only apply drop shadows to the entire box and its contents at one time.
FlightCheck warns of Suppressed, Off Page, Clipping Path, Colored Fill,
Bitmap Frame, Box Rotation/Skew/Shadow images, and more.
For more information on Markzware‘s pre press software to check digital files for printing quality, see the FlightCheck page.
For more desktop publishing (DTP) and printing solutions, see the Markzware Products page.
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Ground Controls: Non-PDF Images Image Box