Definition - What does Prepress mean?
Prepress refers to the collective processes that transform and prepare a computer-generated print layout for final printing (at printing press). It includes all the processes a printing device/personnel must take to transform a computer-designed file into a print-ready file.
Techopedia explains Prepress
Prepress is a term used primarily in the digital printing industry. It defines all the processes that occur after a graphic designer has created a design file until it is ready for printing or is printed. The prepress process is necessary, as a computer-generated print layout may appear different in alignment, format and color if it is directly printed on a press machine. Prepress typically involves the following processes:
- Checking and verifying the design file for format, fonts and resolution
- Matching the computer-generated color codes with print color codes
- Aligning and formatting the layout for print
- Creating a sample or proof of the design before it goes into bulk printing
- Printing plates for offset printing