Welcome to To Your Local Print Shop!
A printing company based around you, the customer for service and quality. Since it’s inception IMP-Media print shop Charlotte NC near me have continued to provide invaluable advice and expert help to clients who continue to work with us and have faith in the service we provide.
IMP-Media are based in the wonderful Charlotte NC area, near the historic town of
Launceston. IMP-Media is a B1 printer who supply quality litho print across the country
for the private and public sector.
Established in 2002, Four Way has continued to invest in new equipment and quality
experienced staff. Currently, we employ 30 staff with a wealth of experience.
Well, what about the environment?
We are a company passionate about the environment, recycling and reducing our waste and carbon footprint, FSC compliant using managed resourced papers. Four Way is aware of its responsibility, zero landfill waste is always the ultimate goal. Four Way will continue to look at ways to improve our policy and to implement these policies into action.
IMP-Media has the most up to date pre-press system available today, in our new purpose built the facility we can offer fast and efficient turnaround from file to contract proof.
We can take most file formats, but print ready pdf files are the preferred format for a fast and efficient turnaround. Our pre-flight system will give you peace of mind picking up potential problems at the initial stage of production. We use the most up to date Agfa Apogee workflow and chemical free Avalon thermal B1 platesetter available and are constantly upgrading with the latest software to make sure we remain ahead of the game.
Four Way have experienced staff to help you with any problems you may have, we will guide you through the correct way to set your job for output to both proof and plate.
How to setup your pdf file for output
In the perfect scenario pdf should be 4 color (CYMK) or (RGB) compliant with all required fonts (typefaces) embedded or paths (outlines). All images/pictures should be high resolution (300dpi) and saved as CYMK JPEG or TIFF files. We would prefer Final print ready CMYK pdf files, but you can supply files in the original format ie. Indesign or QuarkXpress but ensure all fonts, links, etc are supplied to us.
All document pages should be set with a 3mm bleed where the design is to be printed to the edge of the sheet and any textual content should not be within 5mm of the edge.
When producing magazines publications etc that have multiple pages when stitching an occurrence known as page creep happens (to explain this, open up a stitched book flat and you will see how the pages move into the center. We will set up creep to match the paperweight etc in the imposition software but please be aware that images that go over a double page spread may not finish as you expect due to page movement on a large publication a page may move by 3mm into the centre of the finished book.
Creating pdf files – The problems that can occur
- Make sure that the resolution of images is at least 300dpi images that have been pulled from the internet are usually 72dpi screen resolution only
- Please make sure you embed the fonts in the pdf it will fail on the rip if you don’t
- Wrong color space assigned
- Page size – please make sure that the size of the finished pdf is the correct size
- Incorrect trim or bleed size – if this is wrong and no bleed is allocated the finished job will be incorrect a minimum of 3mm bleed is required.
- Incorrect colors – make sure that spot colors are correct if you require more than 4 colors alter to four colour process.
Keylines and cutting forms sometimes have problems with trapping eg knocking out of the final pdf make sure they are set to overprint set as spot colours and call the colour – cutter – we have a setting setup for this to enable overprinting.
- Too much compression – this will result in poor image quality
- Transparency issues – If the transparency is not flattened you may not get the result you expect
- Inconsistency with native file (hairlines, gradients)
- Incorrect ICC profile – we will advise you or supply you with the correct profiles
- There are various methods of producing pdf files not all of which are correct