From Design to Print

Prepress proofs are a key part of the label production process. Fort Dearborn offers professional, in-house prepress services and has partnerships with leading prepress houses to provide customers with seamless prepress capabilities.

Fort Dearborn’s prepress services encompass:


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


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.

Color Corrections

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


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

Copy Revisions / Line Extensions

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

File Preparation

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


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

Online Graphics Approval

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

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