PrepressX: About This Site

Welcome to PrepressX, a unique site devoted to anyone interested in having their graphic projects commercially printed directly from digital files or PDFs. We will continuously upload references, tutorials, and resources that keep you updated with free, cutting-edge information that ensures your final project is ready for press. On this site we will take a look at how the files you submit to your offset printer effect the final results of the printed piece and the various ways you can positively influence these results. We will explain how to identify potential problems in jobs before they go to press so that you can prevent alteration charges and production delays. We will also endeavor to show you how to retain more creative control, and ultimately receive what you want and expect from your commercial printer the first time. This site is intended to be accessible and easily absorbed. Although the factors that contribute to a successful printed piece can be numerous, we also endeavor to both simplify and de-mystify your part in this process. 

How to Use This Site

Please visit the topics in the Navigational Menus on the left to find the various categories of information that interest you. Additionally, you can follow the Step-by-Step guide to help you. Some of the topics we will explore include preparing digital files for press, the best way to create PDF files for commercial printing, and why submitting files that meet print-industry standards save you time and money. Content will be updated and added to frequently, largely based on feedback we receive from our viewers and contributing authors, so come back often.

About Us

Printing and graphic professionals write the topics provided in this site, some with more than 20 years experience in the industry. These professionals all have a thorough understanding of the offset printing process, digital file preparation and how to create press-ready PDFs. We will show what commercial printers need from you to produce problem-free printing and how this helps you the customer.

Who Can Benefit From This Site?

Anyone who is involved with purchasing, or the creation of digital files, for commercial printing can benefit. The following are examples of the many people that can take advantage of this site.

Graphics

All Creative Professionals

  • Creative Directors
  • Art Directors
  • Production Managers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Graphic Artists
  • Freelance Artists

Printers

Commerical Offset Printers

  • Sales Representatives
  • Customer Service
  • Prepress Departments

Educational

Students and Teachers

  • Students of the Graphic Arts
  • Teachers and Trainers in the Printing and Graphics Industry

Buyers

Print Management Professionals

  • Print Brokers
  • Print Buyers
  • Marketing Firms
  • Advertising Agencies

Corporations

Print Buying Departments within Larger Corporations

  • Advertising Departments
  • Marketing Departments
  • Creative Services Departments

Small Business

Any Small Business Buying Commerical Printing

  • Principles and Owners
  • Creative Office Staff