Preparing images for digital output on Canon 7000/6000

Discussion in 'Canon imagePRESS Digital Presses' started by ColorDave, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. ColorDave

    ColorDave New Member

    Jun 2011
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    What is the best way to prepare images for digital presses?
  2. Rmontague

    Rmontague New Member

    Jul 2011
    New York
    Hi dave!
    I see you are in Lyndhurst; I take the train there. We own two 7000's plus a Xerox 250, and other BW equip.
    Dave, your question is kind of broad. This is what we do in our shop...
    1 - All clients are requested to submit PDF files.
    2 - No Native files (ie mystuff.AI, mystuff.docx, mystuf.xls, mystuff.ind,etc.) We have printers and error omission insurance, and we charge a $125.00 and up fee to open ANY file that is not a PDF for a client. Over the past 20 years, we have gone through more than 2 dozen incidents where we opened an -for ex. Excel file, a corporate report was printed (over 1,000 booklets) then a numerical typo appear (it said 5K, when it should have said 5M)... guess who got blamed??? Exactly! We did!
    Strategically, I specifically requested the file on a CD-ROM -even though the client complained and wanted to send it via email; so I was able to take the CD-ROM back to the client and point out that it was his fault
    3 - ALL PDF files MUST be FLATTENED! before being submitted to us. Remember that most new versions of all graphic/typesetting programs save PDF with layers intact! So you MUST ask your clients to flattened the files.
    4 - All fonts MUST be embedded in the PDF (embedding a subset of a font sometimes causes weird problems with Fiery)
    5 - PDF security MUST be disable.
    6 - For books and other copyrighted material make sure your client signed a release form (indicating that he-she owns the material or has permission from the publisher; NJ has some very tricky laws! Also in the same form you can add a "Hold-Harmless" clause to protect you!
    7 - A lot of clients use PDF clones; we find OFTEN problems with such files.
    8 - All your clients who use Adobe products (InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) tell them to disable file compression when printing the PDF; otherwise you will have a lot of unhappy clients who will blame you and your equipment for their pictures printing in low-res.
    Dave unfortunately, duty calls! I am being summoned; hope this helps. Let me know through this medium if I can help.
    Best regards,

  3. billy

    billy Member

    Jul 2007
    Best way is PDF. the print buyer should know what color space they should work on during the file preparation.