PREPRINT

The first step along the way toward fleshing out you ideas

A “great” printing department undoubtedly depends on thepainstaking work of a preprint department, such as our highly skilled personnel can provide.

Here too, Graf3 is ‘out there’ on the leading edge!

Our preprint department is equipped with next-generation CTP(Computer to Plate) plate etching technology for offset/UV offset printing directly from machine imposition, previously provided by our Mac workstation operators.

Our customers send us their creative work via our SSH (secure shell) secure server which can be accessed by means of a password provided by us. Out technical staff will immediately check the work for quality and shall also verify that it conformsto the type of job ordered. A later step is imposition, as a function of the format of the material to be printed. The next step is preparation of the preliminary copy (low-resolution digital printing on paper for control of layout/page make-up, texts, template edging etc.). For customer approval and print run go-ahead, together with cromalin (high-resolution digital colour press proof), the work is delivered by our technical/commercial team members to the premises of the customer. When approval is received, our technicians shall proceed with plate etching.

vitally important aspect of the procedure concerns the system adopted by Graf3 to optimally adapt your plans for printing to the various materials to be printed. Graf3 periodically produces press proofs on each machine for an instrumental assessment of the significant machine calibration variations that may come about over time. This test is carried out with all the types of materials we generally produce (paper, PVC, polypropylene etc.). When we have the information we are looking for (curves) on assessment of test findings, the data are inserted into the IT system managing CTP. This enables Graf3 to pre-calibrate the strength of each colour in order to ensure that the chromatic results are as required. The process involves adaptation to the specific material requested by the customer.