Prepress

Projects

  1. Moore
  2. DCCC

Demos

  1. Getting around InDesign with bitmap images
  2. Setup: an Imposition Document
  3. Convert: Ad from 2 to 4 color
  4. Setup: Spot Varnish/die cut
  5. Preflight 1 (W1dac flyer)
  6. Preflight 2 (P1C flyer)
  7. Preflight 3 (brochure)

Resources

Paper

  1. Paper Grades and weights
  2. Choosing the Right Paper
  3. Sustainability
  4. FSC - Neenah®
  5. Yupo Paper (FAQs)

File Formats

  1. File Formats (Real World Print Production)
  2. PDF presets explained
  3. PDF settings (video)
  4. PDF/X-4 explained
  5. Refrying PDFs

File Setup

  1. Ganging business cards (video)
  2. Ganging business cards (step-by-step)
  3. Imposition
  4. Multiple pages + sizes
  5.  
  6. Magazine/Newspaper/Book Specifications
  7. Philly Mag
  8. Inquirer
  9. Olathe News (spot color chart)
  10. Blurb

Color

  1. Swatches
  2. Pantone
  3. Color-Separated PDFs
  4. Converting a PDF to Grayscale*
  5. Color Separation/Ink Preview
  6. Density
  7. Locate a swatch in your file
  8. Transparent Objects (see PDFX-4)
  9. Printed version looks darker?
  10. Gradient Color Conversion
  11. Color Management 101
  12. Advanced: Trapping
  13. Spot colors in Comics

Text/Fonts

  1. Converting Text to Outlines
  2. Fixing Missing Fonts

Specification Sheets

  1. Spec Sheet Basics

Preflight

  1. Soft Proofing
  2. Preflight checklist (pdf)
  3. Packaging for output from InDesign
  4. (CS5) Live Preflight panel

Finishing and Binding

  1. Paper Coating: UV, AQ, or Flood?
  2. Spot Varnish InDesign Tutorial
  3. Digital Varnish: Clear Dry Ink (video tutorial)

Mailing

  1. USPS Mailpiece Design Analyst
  2. USPS mailing guidelines

Printing Topics

  1. Offline v Inline
  2. the Dawn of Desktop Publishing
  3. Best Prepress Resource
  4. Packaging Printing (pdf)
  5. Risography Printing
  6. InDesign Secrets (blog and podcast)

Books

  1. A Guide to Graphic Print Production
  2. Real World Print Production
  3. Digital Prepress For Comics

Presentations (PDFs)

  1. Prepress and Planning
  2. Paper
  3. Digital Imaging
  4. Live, Trim, Bleed
  5. Color
  6. Spec Sheets
  7. Binding and Finishing
  8. Mailing Logistics

Printers

  1. The Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging (Philadelphia University)
  2. Perfect Communications
  3. Fireball Printing (digital)
  4.  
  5. ONLINE PRINTING
  6. Vistaprint (general and promotional item printing)
  7. Moo (business cards)
  8. Blurb (books)
  9. Spoonflower (fabric)