Electronic Prepress Services
Printing technologies have changed dramatically with the advent of
computers. Just a few years ago printers relied on mechanical
typesetters and other manual technologies to produce a quality printed
product. Today Graphic Supply and Equipment Co. employs dramatic
advances in prepress and pressroom systems.
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Graphic Supply and Equipment Co. uses a variety of high-end digital
prepress equipment to scan images and combine them with desktop
publishing files before processing film for printing. Images can be
output to film for one color, spot colors or process color printing.
Process color printing combines cyan, magenta, yellow and black film
separations from which each printing plate is "burned". At the press
each plate is pressed onto the paper in succession in order to acheive a
full color final product.
Positive and negative transparencies as well as reflective materials
(photo prints or paintings for example) can be scanned into a computer
workstation. These scanned images can then be enhanced by the operator
using computer masking, airbrushing or other computer tools. The images
are usually then merged with desktop publishing files before being
output on film as a complete document. Scanned images are sometimes
placed on large capacity computer disks and returned to the customer for
additional design work. The customer can usually check the final
appearance of a printed product prior to film generation by asking for a
digital color proof. After film is generated a "process" proof can be
used to check the output of existing film before going to press.
Graphic Supply and Equipment Co. has offered electronic prepress
services to commercial clients such as designers, advertising agencies
and large business organizations. Our staff is very qualified to provide
prepress support at any stage of the creative process. From file
conversion to final film our objective is to ensure that your printing
and prepress projects go smoothly and efficiently.
The following is a partial list of equipment available for prepress
Transparencies and flexible reflectives as large as 18" x 23" and rigid reflectives as large as 12" x
18" can be scanned. Epson inkjet proofs can be produced as large as 19"
x 31" and Matchprint process film proofs can be produced as large as
20" x 24". Final film can be output as large as 18" x 44" and at line
rulings as high as 200 lines.
- Mac G3 and G4 workstations
- Howtek 2500 Flatbed Scanner
- Howtek Grand Drum Scanner
- ECRM imagesetters
- Imation Matchprint
- 3M Matchprint proofing system
- Dylux proofing
- Epson 3000 and Pro 5000 color inkjet proofing
For sales support call (816) 232-7716 or (800) 279-3158 Fax: (816) 232-9019