Commercial Printing Prepress

Bartash Prepress boasts one of the most sophisticated portfolios of digital plate imaging, soft proofing, and ink preset scanning equipment available in the commercial print marketplace.  Updated workstations, proofers and redundant server configurations offer the most security and consistency available.  Bartash Prepress adheres to the strictest industry standards and standardization of file composition for the greatest synergy possible between a client and print vendor.  CIP-3 compliant workflow solutions enable Bartash Prepress to automate and streamline tasks with quality check-points all along the way.

On-site training and production audits are standard practice to further endorse the alliance that Bartash makes available to its customer base.  As a trusted Apple, Adobe, Kodak and Creo Partner you can be certain that Bartash Prepress is the ultimate authority in publishing and prepress technology.

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File Requirements:
“We” accept Adobe PDF files created using the unmodified PDFX1a2001 Industry Standard setting, available within nearly all Adobe application and current versions of Quark Xpress.  If you are uncertain about your settings, please contact our prepress support staff for further guidance.

Font embedment:
All fonts must be embedded for proper output.

Color space:
All color must be composed of either CMYK and/or Grayscale.  Other color spaces will require color conversation to the proper color space which can introduce unwanted color shifts and other potential situations on press.  Spot color publications should use “Magenta” to signify colored elements.

Page size:
Pages should be designed to match the trim size provided by Bartash at 100%.

Image resolution:
All image should be save as high resolution 200-300 DPI at 100%.  Bitmap/monotone images (black and white only with no levels of gray, at 1200 DPI).  Lower resolution images may reproduce unexpectedly with lower quality (low resolution images are more noticeable when using stochastic screening).

Image/live area:
Image/live area is defined as all live printable material including headers, footers, date lines, page numbers, advertising, shapes, editorial content, ect.  Compact publications should contain .375” margins while Tabloid sized publications should contain .5” margins on all sides to create the live area of a particular file.  Image area must be honored within a bleed layout.

Bleed elements:
Elements intended to bleed must extend at least .25” beyond the page size (described above) while maintaining the image area.

Color builds:
Simple color yields the brightest and most vibrant tones, complex color builds can present registration difficulties and unexpected color reproduction.  See Bartash printed color chart for sample colors (click here to request a chart).

White text:
White text on a 2 or more color background should be set at 12 pt. or greater.

Colored text:
Text colors with 2 or more colors should be set at 12 pt. or greater.

In-RIP trapping negates the need for custom document trapping.  Layout application preferences should be set to “Knock-out All” whenever possible.

Ink Density:
Total ink density (sum of all 4 colors in a particular area) should not exceed 240% to avoid unwanted offset or tracking off press.

Rich Black/Process Black:
Black must be composed of pure black (K) or a percentage of black (K) vs. a combination of varying percentages of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.  Rich Black presents registration challenges on press and potentially unexpected reproduction.
*Bartash file requirements have been devised by identifying commercial compatibility in connection with predefined industry standards.