Prepress activities include a wide variety of procedures within the print production process. Prepress procedures begin with the design of a project and conclude with platemaking. Over the years, each of the prepress steps have undergone many changes in the way that they are accomplished.
Today, a print project is usually designed on a computer and typeset in a page layout program. The file is sent to a digital proofer to be output in order to create a proof. After the proof has been approved, the digital file that was used to create the proof is used to generate the plates. In a direct-to-plate workflow, film is eliminated and the digital file is sent from the RIP directly to a platesetter. If a digital press is to be used for printing the job, the file can be sent directly to the press, eliminating the need for film.
The structure of print orders today has become totally different. The trend is towards more color and lower quantity circulation. Automation is the key. In Allegra's Prepress department our computer-to-plate system has a vast number of benefits.