Pre-press represents the general process that takes place between the creation of a print layout to the final print itself that takes place in the printing and publishing industries. This overall process itself consists of the manufacture of a printing plate, image carrier or form, these are then ready for mounting on a printing press. Also if adjustments are required for images and texts or the making of a high-quality print file. In the media industry currently within a production house, when the file is delivered from the customer, this deliver is usually electronic, the file format normally being a PDF or application file created from design software such as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress.
The prepress process consists of several states which include:
- Paper selection