Reliable Pre-Press Providers in Quezon City
Quality prints begin with quality pre-press. Read on for a list of reliable pre-press providers in Quezon City, Philippines.
This list will be edited time and again for relevancy and timeliness.
- A Background on the Offset Printing Process
- CGI Design and Enterprise
- Dynagraphics Inc.
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A Background on the Offset Printing Process
Pre-press includes design and color separation. The design is done using commercial software such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign or their opensource counterparts Gimp, Inkscape and Scribus.
The design is then outputted from the computer to film (CTF) or directly on the photo sensitized plate (CTP).
I suggest to use CTF for simple designs with minimal or no color separation involved. This is best for single color jobs such as receipt printing.
CTP is best to use for magazines, flyers, brochures and other printing jobs that demand higher quality print and higher resolutions.
For CTF, the film is then given to the printing press for further processing. They will bake the image into a photo sensitized or PS plate or on a wipe-on plate (a recycled PS plate).
For CTP, the plate is immediately loaded into the printing machine such as a Heidelberg or a Solna for German brands and an Akiyama or a Hamada for Japanese brands.
The machine operator then proceeds to print using the plate.
After printing, the paper may or may not undergo a series of post-press processes sometimes called finishing. The most common type of finishing is cutting the paper to actual size of flyers or brochures. Next most common is folding such as folding a brochure into three folds.
There are also different types of binding, lamination, embossing etc. that the printed paper can undergo before it is finally packed and delivered to the client.
CGI Design and Enterprise
CGI Design offers the best price and best service among the pre-press suppliers we have encountered so far.
After you have emailed your files and instructions, they will call as soon as they have read it for clarification. Then they will email you the imposed file prior to output for your approval. It takes as little as 3 hours for them to complete your order from the time you sent an email.
For CTP, they even include the progressive proof for free, which is usually an additional 80 or 160 pesos charge with other pre-press providers.
The last time I went directly to their shop to pick-up the materials because I was already in the area and I got to meet the owner. He was hands on with his machines and he looked like he really knows what he was doing, a far cry from other pre-press proveiders whose owners you can rarely see in the offices. I know that this seems a silly comment but by experience, owners who are familiar with their businesses and show themselves working the machines every now and then have better employees hence give better products and services to their clients.
This is a well-balanced pre-press service provider. Good quality, good service, fast turnaround, low-cost!
There's not a pre-press service more accommodating and friendly than Dynagraphics. The employees are fun-loving and yet very detail oriented as well.
They have top of the line pre-press machines and it goes without saying that the cost of their CTP is quite expensive as well. However, for printing jobs that require the best quality prints such as coffee table books and high-end magazines, Dynagraphics is the place to go.
They have stochastic technology that ensures high resolution and high quality output. They have relatively fast turnaround time as well, you can drop by and leave with your film or plates in hand,
They charge a little lower than Dynagraphics with relatively the same quality output but they have very fast turnaround including delivery time.
Since there are still starting up, you have the opportunity to talk directly to the owner directly and become on of their pioneer clients.
If you are really in a rush, they are the place to go to since they are still building their client base and always have time for you.
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