A quality control checklist is imperative for digital printing and offset printing, but there are other quality control procedures in the printing industry you should follow. Besides our 20-point checklist, you can take the following steps to ensure high-quality printing.
No matter what software you use for graphic design – Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, understanding how to properly export your artwork for offset and digital presses is best practice. A good prepress checklist for graphic designers incorporates software-specific steps.
This is the process by which a job is checked for technical errors such as font conflicts and missing graphic links. It typically involves running files through preflight software. Preflight is part of the broader prepress process.
This is the term given to multiple steps completed by the printer to prepare artwork for press printing. Those steps include typesetting, color correcting, production planning, preflighting, proofing, and offset plating, among others.
No matter how much prepress printing knowledge you have, an oversimplified view might be to say preflight checks file quality, while prepress is the process of preparing artwork to be printed. BOXO Packaging’s process is a combination of a prepress preflight checklist – a complete print preproduction checklist. In some cases, you can export your file in its native format; though it’s typically best to export artwork in a high-quality PDF.