Prepress

from design
to print

Fort Dearborn offers a variety of in-house prepress services as well as partnerships with leading prepress houses to provide seamless capabilities to our customers.

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Design

Creation of label artwork from a sample or new design including colors, layers, images and nutritional graphics.

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Color Correction

Adjusting, manipulating or changing a color image (hue, color balance, contrast, saturation).

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Preflight

Verification and final check to ensure files are print ready according to print specifications.

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Platemaking

In-house platemaking capabilities for litho printing and some flexo platemaking capabilities. We maintain partnerships with the leading prepress houses for additional flexo plate and gravure cylinder engraving.

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Copy Revisions / Line Extensions

Changes to customer supplied files including: copy revisions, logos, colors, nutritional information, UPC code placement and setting.

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File Preparation

Prep files to be print-ready including: trapping, setting overprints, assembling final color retouched images.

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Proofing

Epson color contract proof submitted for approval before printing. For litho labels, a proof can also be provided on metallized and synthetic substrates.

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Online Prepress System

Our SMART (Systems Management and Retrieval Technology) tool is a web-based system for managing the front-end prepress process of print jobs.

Our company-wide total color management system ensures color accuracy and consistency from design to print.