Australia’s Leading Book Printer since 1979
138 Bonds Road, Riverwood NSW 2210
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Pre-press & File Preparation

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.

File formats we work with include
  • 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.


Once we have received your file, a proof of your job will be created and sent to you for approval. 

With our colour proofing conforming to ISO12647 (the international standard for colour management specification), our pre-press team can ensure our proofs are an accurate representation of the completed print job.

Creating PDF files for trouble-free print

It is important that files supplied to our pre-press is formated correctly to ensure a faster processing time and reduce the potential for additional charges or errors and delays.

The below 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.

  1. To install in both PC & Mac:
  2. Launch Adobe Distiller
  3. Go to settings menu
  4. Go to ‘Add Adobe PDF Settings’
  5. Locate the downloaded file "Creating PDF Files for Trouble-free Print"
  6. Click Open
  7. Now the Ligare HiRes setting is ready to use
  8. 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.
Ligare Distiller Job Options