The site for prepress & print devotees

Prepressure covers design techniques, PDF, PostScript, fonts, JDF and numerous other prepress topics that have to do with printed communication and graphic arts. This site teams up with, the favorite stake-out of many prepress professionals who regularly visit its forums.

Specifying paper sizes

There is a new poll in the column to the right about the quality of ‘press ready’ PDF files. It replaces the previous question about how to specify page sizes, a poll that ran far too long. If you are still interested in learning how many people think a 200 x 250 mm page is 250 mm wide, visit the poll results page.

Follow us on Twitter

The local village idiot, also known as Prepress Pete, has been on Twitter for quite some time now. Since he cannot be relied on for any serious messaging, there is now an official Twitter account. If you’re serious about prepress and would like to know when new content appears on this site, please follow us. If you are somewhat less serious, consider following Pete.

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Saw a #web2print tweet on creating ‘a printready PDF file compatible with RGB and CMYK color printing’. We better stock up on RGB inks NOW!

The 2014 color of the year

Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) is the color of the year.

Since 2000 Pantone annually declares a particular color ‘Color of the Year’. I’ve added this little trivia fact to the pages on the history of prepress.

New terms in the dictionary

Scratch off printing -  the process of applying a foil to specific areas of a document. The foil can be removed with the edge of a coin or a fingernail to reveal the information printed beneath it. The process is often used on giveaway and contest printed materials, such as lottery tickets.
Short grain web press – A web press that uses printing plates whose long dimension is along the cilinders.
Ghost bar
– A ghost bar of take-off bar is a rectangular solid line or pattern that is added to a press sheet and trimmed away after printing. It helps equalize ink-laydown on the sheet by extending and evening out the printed area, thus avoiding ink starvation in any one place.
American Quarto
– Outside of North America the ‘Letter‘ page size is known as ‘American Quarto’.

What’s new?

New or reworked pages on drupa, A8, abstracts, 2012, thermography, printing in the 18th century, photochrome prints, selecting a prepress workflow, PDF/VT, the adoption rate of QR codes, Apple Color Emoji and various dictionary terms.

Other prepress & print related sites

- B4Print - the prepress forum for people who like going off-topic once in a while.
- The Print Guide – Gordo’s guidelines to achieve better quality in print.
- InDesignSecrets – The podcasts are even better than the site.

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12 December 2014

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