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Avoiding Delays to Your Print

Ensuring your print project proceeds smoothly and on schedule requires careful attention to detail and proactive communication with RightPak. Here are several key steps you can take to avoid delays and ensure a successful print run:

RGB to CMYK Printing

1. Proper File Preparation

Resolution: Ensure all images and graphics are set to 300dpi. This high resolution is necessary for sharp, clear prints. Lower resolutions can cause pixelation and blurry images, which may result in delays if the printer needs to request higher quality files.

Color Mode: Convert your files to CMYK color mode, which is used for printing. RGB, used for digital displays, can result in color discrepancies when printed. By supplying CMYK files, you minimise the risk of unexpected color shifts.

Bleed and Crop Marks: Include a 3mm bleed on all sides of your artwork to account for any slight variations in the trimming process. Crop marks, while not essential, are helpful as they guide the printer on where to cut the final product.

File Format: Use print-ready file formats such as PDF, TIFF, or EPS. These formats preserve the quality and details of your design. Avoid formats like JPEG or PNG, which are more suitable for web use and can compress your images.

Avoid Your Print Delays

2. Proofing and Approval

Proofing: You will receive a digital proof within your customer account for your review. This will give you the option to 'Approve' or 'Reject' your artwork. If you reject your artwork, you will need to provide some information regarding the rejection. We will then contact you to discuss a re-supply of your new artwork.

Timely Approval: Quickly review and approve proofs. Delays in approval can push back the print schedule, so aim to provide feedback within 24-48 hours.

3. Clear Specifications

Dimensions and Specifications: With your original order, you'll select the options that your artwork is printed to, including the material and finish of your custom printing. Once you've placed your order these details will be locked in, so please take your time when placing custom printing products with RightPak.

The artwork you supply with your order will be bound to the print job. It can only be amended once you receive your digital proof and discussed with the RightPak team if required.

4. Communication and Coordination

Contact Information: Provide up-to-date contact information on your account with your order and ensure you are reachable for any questions or clarifications we may have relating to your custom printing.

Timeline: After order placement your order will go to our production team who will review the print job specifications and your supplied artwork. Once the production team have completed their pre-flight actions, a digital proof will be uploaded to your customer account. You'll be notified on email to login to review your artwork. At this stage, we'll request that you review your artwork 'Approving' or 'Rejecting' the proof.

5. Final Checks

Spell Check and Grammar: Thoroughly proofread your text for any spelling or grammatical errors. Corrections made after the proofing stage can delay production.

Design Consistency: Ensure all elements of your design are consistent, such as fonts, colors, and image placements. Consistency errors can necessitate revisions and lead to delays.

6. Backup Plans

Extra Time: Build in a buffer period in your schedule to account for any unexpected issues or last-minute changes. This flexibility can help prevent minor setbacks from becoming major delays.

By following these steps and maintaining clear, proactive communication with RightPak, you can significantly reduce the risk of delays and ensure that your print project is completed on time and to your satisfaction.

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