Designers, you just got better at your job.
If you are responsible for producing press-ready files for publications, you understand the challenges involved in pre-flight evaluation and file prep.
For InDesign users, use the Preflight functionality to check a host of things that traditionally would be handled by an outsourced pre-flight shop. The software features an at-a-glance dashboard that literally gives you a green light when all is in order, and red-flags any issues that need to be addressed.
“Preflight Options Explained” gives a fantastic primer on using this incredibly handy tool, and walks you through several common issues like:
- Missing or modified links
- Non-allowed color modes
- Low resolution images
- Low line weights
- Improper scaling of placed objects
- Oversized text
- Missing fonts
- And many more
You can run Preflight at the end of your job, or let it run in the background as you work. Although it can be a bit of a memory hog in this mode, it will immediately flag issues so you can address them earlier and fix them easier.
Get good at preflight and file prep and you’ll automatically increase your worth to any employer or client. This article in MagazineDesigning.com is a great place to start.