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This article will help you learn more about the prepress process with PrintNinja.

You will be assigned a prepress guru who will provide you with an electronic proof approximately 1 business day after you have submitted your payment and uploaded your artwork files. The primary goal of prepress is to make sure your files are print ready and that everything will come out the way you intend. We do this by running your files through a pre-flight test.

Your designated prepress expert will share their knowledge with you throughout this process so you won’t be left in the dark. Any changes they make to your files will be documented and explained, as well as any changes they suggest that you make to your files.

For a comprehensive check list to assist you with preparing your files for print, visit our file setup resources page.

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Creative Decisions

Our prepress experts will always inform you before making any technical changes to your files (e.g. color conversion). However, we will never make any creative adjustments to your files and we do not review files with these considerations in mind:

  • Spelling or grammar
  • Graphic design
  • Plot
  • Stylistic choices of any kind

You are responsible for all creative choices.

After the process you will receive an email with your electronic proof and notes from your prepress ninja specifying anything that we recommend you change in your file before we go to press. We will go through as many rounds of prepress as you need until you are satisfied with your electronic proof.

If you are new to commercial print production, we suggest giving yourself some extra time to work with our prepress experts to review your files and make any fixes necessary. This might be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on your experience and the print-readiness of your artwork.

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