1- File Types
The first thing you must know about file preparations is what type of file is acceptable to the book printer in book printing. Generally speaking the answer is ONE and one only and that is a print ready PDF. This means the “printing press” settings when making a PDF and if images, all 300 dpi if on a color press and if cold set web book printing, 200 dpi maybe acceptable. This does not mean that a Quark, InDesign or Illustrator file will not be accepted by the book printer, but that you will be charged upwards of $10.00 per page as a high, if a PDF is not provided. Word to the wise; ask your book printing company what their settings are for the PDF that they will accept. Generally speaking, Microsoft Word, or other word processing files are not acceptable at all.
2- File Preparation
When preparing your file for presentation to the book printer, make sure you are including folders with images, fonts and all elements that make up the complete file for your book printing project. If you are not burning to a disk and are using the internet or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to send files you MUST first compress them with programs such as WinZip, Stuffit, or WinRar. This not only makes sending them to your book printer easier, but faster for you to upload. However, the main purpose for doing this is to protect them, especially the fonts, from corruption when sending out over the cyber waves.
3- Clear Directions
Include a “style sheet” as it is called in graphic design. This is simply a text file that outlines everything you are sending to your book printer. You should have a list that has headings, such as document name, such as text.pdf or cover.pdf. Keep WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) when naming files. Rather than using some eclectic naming convention, call them what they are. Your book printer and their pre press department have never seen your work before. They do not share your familiarity with your book printing project. Therefore make it easy on them and let them swim downstream instead of having to struggle with understanding what you have provided your book printing companywith.
4- Pre-Press Time
When supplying your book printing files to pre press you need to send document files that are appropriate. If you send a whole bunch of individual pages, it takes longer to RIP at pre press and can be confusing as well risking errors in the book printing process. Send two files: The cover and the text. Your text file should be a document file. Within the document are the pages, in numerical reading order.
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