| 1. ARE ALL FONTS POSTSCRIPT FONTS?
- TrueType or bitmapped fonts should not be used.
- Verify that all fonts used are included or on-hand at vendor's/printer's.
- Double check your eps files for font usage. Changing fonts to paths will eliminate the need for special font inclusion.
- When furnishing fonts to vendor, include screen and printer fonts. Screen fonts need only one size in font suitcase.
2. HAVE SPECIAL TEXT EFFECTS BEEN PROPERLY APPLIED?
- Special effects such as drop shadows and outlines are not recognized by some imagesetters. Apply these effects in an illustration program and export them as eps graphics. Then, you can import them into your page layout document.
- Avoid applying bold and italic to fonts unless you are certain the corresponding outline font is available. They may display properly on your screen, but the imagesetter will not print them with these effects.
3. HAVE ALL COLORS BEEN DEFINED CORRECTLY?
- Determine in advance whether you will print process colors or spot colors. Define the colors as such when you create them.
- If you are including a fifth or sixth color (such as Pantone colors, foil stamping colors or varnishes) to be used in process printing, always define this as a spot color.
- Some illustration and page layout programs have a color named "registration." This color will print on all separations. You should use this color only for registration marks, trim marks, crop marks, etc. Using this color for type may cause printing problems.
4. HAVE BORDERS AND RULES BEEN PROPERLY CREATED?
- Are you sure your bitmapped graphic borders will reproduce properly?
- If you define rules as "hairline" or less than .25 point, be sure this is what you want. Laser printers and inkjet printers will make them look larger than what they are.
- 5. ARE ALL IMAGES IDENTIFIED?
- All linked files must be included with your document.
- Include parent files for eps graphics when available.
- Do not change the name of files after they have been linked or imported to your document.
- 6. DOES EVERY FILE HAVE A UNIQUE FILE NAME?
- 7. IF YOU'RE SENDING A REVISED FILE, DOES IT HAVE A NEW NAME?
- Furnish revised imported graphics with the same name as the original so that the page layout document can update them automatically.
8. ARE YOU SUPPLYING FULL-SIZED HARD COPY PROOFS?
- Print proofs with registration marks checked.
- The proof should be tiled, if necessary, to include marks.
- For black and white proofs, check color/gray scale and print colors as gray, not black.
- Print separations to a laser printer to make sure all colors will print properly.
9. IS THE SHIPPING MEDIA PROPERLY LABELED?
- The disk should have a title and include your company's name.
- The disk and container should be clearly marked.
- If you want your media returned, be sure to make arrangements for delivery.
10. HAVE YOU COLLECTED AND SENT ALL JOB ELEMENTS?
- If your file includes "for position only" graphics, be sure to include the originals.
- Include a printed directory of your disk.
- Include any special hyphenation, kerning or dictionary files.
- To verify that all elements and fonts are included, open and/or print your file from another machine with no fonts or graphics present. The program will ask for the fonts needed and tell you what graphic elements are missing.