Pre-Press

Ligare has a versatile and experienced Pre-Press Department able to assist with the smooth production of publications from electronic file. If you don’t have an electronic file we can take your Camera Ready Artwork (CRA) and scan it to produce PDF file.

Our digital pre-press equipment ensures Ligare’s ability to meet your requirements encompassing a wide range of applications.

ISO12647 colour management
Ligare colour proofing conforms to ISO12647 the international standard for colour management specification. Colour management is a science, which means we can measure and analyse our output. The benefit to our customers is colour consistency, confidence that our proofs are an accurate representation of the completed print job.

Ligare’s pre-press facility has:

  • Kodak Prinergy PDF workflow
  • Mac and PC workstations
  • Epson colour proofing
  • High volume Canon and Océ double-sided proofer (black & white, and colour)
  • Dolev A1 Platesetter (maximum width 1116mm x 811mm)
  • Fully automated Fuji Platesetter (maximum size 1130mm x 900mm)
  • Canon high volume document scanner
  • Microtech flatbed colour scanner
  • File archiving system

File formats

  • Indesign – Mac & PC
  • Illustrator – Mac & PC
  • Photoshop – Mac & PC
  • Pagemaker – Mac & PC
  • QuarkXpress – Mac & PC

Please note that files created in Photoshop may create a pixelated image in small images and text.

Pre-Press process and facilities

File transfer
Ligare accepts files by disk, ftp website, email and USB stick.

FTP website:
Your account manager will give you an ftp website address, username and password. Once you have logged onto the site simply transfer your files. An email is then automatically sent to your account manager that the file has arrived on the site and will notify pre-press.

Formats
It is important that pre-press receive a file that is correctly formatted which assists in ensuring both a faster processing of jobs and reducing the potential for error. Incorrectly formatted files may result in additional charges or the return of your file for adjustment which could delay the production of your book. For any questions please contact your account manager. You can expect a flight check of your files within 48 hours of delivery. If there are any problems with the files you will be contacted and the problems will be explained.

Creating PDF files for trouble-free print
These instructions are designed to help you deliver correctly formatted PDF files.

  • Install the Ligare joboptions file located in the zip file below. This file contains all the parameters needed to produce high quality PDF files.
  • To install in both PC & Mac:
    1. Launch Adobe Distiller
    2. Go to settings menu
    3. Go to ‘Add Adobe PDF Settings’
    4. Locate the downloaded file "Creating PDF Files for Trouble-free Print"
    5. Click Open
    6. Now the Ligare HiRes setting is ready to use
    7. Note that loading these settings into Adobe CS2 or higher will make them available in InDesign and Illustrator as well. 
  • PDF Checklist:
    1. Are all the fonts embedded?
    2. Are all crop marks at least 3mm away from trim edge?
    3. Is there between 3mm and 5mm bleed?
    4. Are all 4-colour elements CMYK?
    5. Are all black elements GREYSCALE?
    6. Are spot colours set up correctly?
    7. Note that RGB should not be used.
    8. Ensure that page set-up is set at single pages not imposed or running pairs.

Proofs
Once we have received your file or CRA we will create a digital proof of your job. Your account manager will deliver or send your proofs to you. Please check your proofs carefully and then if correct sign the proof form, or if adjustments need to be made add these to the proof form. Then return the proofs to your account manager. You can then expect your proofs within 3-4 working days from the time your deliver your files to Ligare.

Ligare Settings and Instructions (zip file)

 

 

Our services include:

Pre-Press
Printing
Bindery
Digital

 





 


 


 




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