Preflight InDesign Printing Problems: Print Quality Control

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How to preflight InDesign printing problems for print quality control… It is important for creative professionals, publishers, and printers to reduce errors and costs, as well as to quickly produce a high quality printed piece at a reasonable price. Preflighting with Markzware FlightCheck during prepress can help by catching printing problems before press time:

Preflight InDesign
Preflight solution, FlightCheck, is pre press software from Markzware that can ensure print quality control for InDesign (INDD), Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Acrobat, and many other desktop publishing (DTP) file types. Watch this how-to video to see how to preflight InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) and other native files to ensure top printing quality, as well as to collect files and package InDesign:

How to Preflight InDesign Printing Problems for Print Quality Control

Avoid printing problems by using Markzware FlightCheck to preflight InDesign
and other page layout applications for printing quality

How to Save Time when You Preflight InDesign and other DTP Files
When a printer uses FlightCheck to preflight a print job, file problems can be corrected during prepress. This allows the printer to submit to the print buyer a print ready PDF that meets industry and printer standards. In contrast, a print job that was not preflighted may have still have document problems, such as missing fonts, RGB graphics, missing bleed, etc., which can add hours of work and delay, causing the client to wait longer to receive the finished job. Fixing the printing problems would take even longer and can add costs.

Printing Problems
There are many file problems that can occur during the print workflow. These printing problems have associated costs and can cause production issues.Some printing problems that waste time and add cost include:

  • Image resolution too high or too low
  • Missing fonts
  • Missing graphics or links
  • Missing or incorrect bleed
  • PMS color (spot or CMYK) process
  • RGB images
  • Trapping

Security Settings in Preflight Solution, FlightCheck
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Choose settings to download FlightCheck, an application for print quality control

Prepress Tips to Save Print Time and Cost:

  • Communicate with the parties involved
  • Use common graphic design programs (InDesign, QuarkXPress, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Use an industry-standard PDF creator (Acrobat Professional can import printer specifications)
  • Design to printer and quote specifications (including PDF specifications)
  • Submit a print-ready PDF with corresponding preflight report
  • Proof the content
  • Preflight the PDF based on the printer’s profile before submitting to the printer
  • Fix errors (or notify the printer of problems and agree on the correction cost)

Markzware’s FlightCheck can preflight InDesign and all of the most popular graphic design file formats. You can purchase this preflight solution via the FlightCheck page. See more desktop publishing software and printing solutions for graphic designers and printers on the Markzware Products page.

How has the FlightCheck preflight solution helped your print workflow to preflight InDesign CC or other DTP file types? Comment below to let us know. Also, feel free to subscribe to the Markzware Mailing List, and interact with Markzware on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.

How to preflight InDesign, using print quality control to catch printing problems: Click the video above to see how preflight solution, FlightCheck, works.

Title: Preflight InDesign Printing Problems: Print Quality Control
Published on: February 18, 2014
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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