Component Pre-Press

Pre-press is the last phase before a component goes to a printer or a press. This section is found in PRODUCTS > View Products, on the left side of the Product Details page.


Click the Pre-Press link in the Components box.

The Pre-press page appears.

1. Create a barcode

Click the + underneath Barcodes.

The barcode creation window appears. Here, you can create and customize your component's bar code and specify its placement.

Select one of the four types of barcode in the Barcode Type drop-down.

Select the Data Field from the drop-down to choose the source of the barcode.

Choose your measurement system in the Units field.

Select which page(s) you want a barcode to be placed on.

If you do not wish to define an exact page for the barcode to be placed on (common if your component has variable page numbers), you may use the following logic to let the system determine where the barcode will be placed:

  • If you enter -1 the barcode will be placed on the last page
  • If you enter -2 the barcode will be placed on the second-to-last page, etc.
  • To place a barcode on multiple pages, separate them using a comma, e.g. 1, 2, -1, -2
  • To place a barcode on all pages, leave the field blank

The following eight fields determine the placement of the barcode.

Set the starting location of the barcode on your product by X Coordinate and Y Coordinate relative to the Horizontal Anchor/Vertical Anchor (using the Units specified above) (see #1).

Set the Width and Height of the barcode (see #2).

Choose the Horizontal Padding and Vertical Padding for your barcode. Padding is subtracted from the total width and height of the code (see #3).

Choose the Horizontal Anchor and Vertical Anchor to determine the starting point for your barcode (see #4).

Write in the Background and Foreground colors of your barcode by hex code.

Choose the rotation of your barcode under Rotation: 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees.

Finally, check Show Value if you want to display a human-readable barcode number.

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2. Run A Flow

The Run A Flow field is available to customers subscribed to Autoflow. This feature allows the user to modify their print file by injecting additional steps prior to the printing. Click the grey Run A Flow field.

A flow selection window appears. From here, you may select a flow from the list on the left side (see #1), or click Create New Flow to open Autoflow in a new window (see #2).

When you select a flow from the left column (see #1), the visual outline appears on the canvas to the right (see #2). You may edit this flow by clicking Open Flow in Autoflow (see #3). From there, you may edit the selected flow via dragging-and-dropping.

Once you have chosen a flow, click Confirm.

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3. Preflight

The next field is Preflight. Here, you can either select an existing preflight profile, or create a custom one.

Click Select option drop-down and choose from a list of preflight presets. A number of these, including pdfx4, are industry-standard profiles. Select your desired preset.

When a profile selected, you may remove it by clicking the x to the right of it.

You may also create a custom profile by clicking the + to the right of the drop-down.

The Preflight Profile menu appears. Select either a PDF or Image format.

The Preflight Profile details page opens. Fill out the Name and Description fields (Name is required). The PDF and image pages have the same structure, but images has only three parameters under A valid file should have...: Height, Width, and Colour mode. The PDF template shown below contains many more available parameters.

Click a desired parameter in the column (see #1). Customize the options to the right of it (the options vary by parameter) (see #2). To delete a parameter, click the blue x button on the right (see #3).

Click Save when you finish adding the necessary parameters.

To edit your Preflight Profile click the highlighted button to the right of the Preflight drop-down.

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4. File imposition

Select an imposition profile from the File imposition drop-down. For more information on file imposition, click here

Fill in the Duplicate field. This field determines the number of times the artwork will be duplicated in its entirety. The minimum value is 1.

Activate Infotech to include an infotech with your pre-press. An infotech is the cover sheet that will be printed with a component, and contains details of the job/order/shipment.

Finally, select EPM to activate Enhanced Productivity Mode (if available). This mode allows presses to work faster by printing in CMY instead of CMYK.

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