PDF Preflight Report-Evaluation Criteria

A. Incorrect Size: Your document should be created at the same size as the finished trim size of your publication. Reference Tech Note 15.

B. Insufficient Bleed: Elements designated to bleed MUST be extended beyond the trim by at least 1/8″ (0.125″). Reference Tech Note 15.

C. Crop Marks Incorrect: Crop marks that are too close to the live area can appear in the finished trim. Reference Tech Note 15.

D. Live Matter Within Safety Margin: Items that are not intended to bleed must be 1/8″ (0.125″) from trim. Reference Tech Note 15.

E. Pages Not Centered: Cummings Certified PDF is based on centered pages. Reference Tech Note 15.

F. Font Problem: The required font is not embedded, is corrupt, or is a non-supported font type that may cause problems.

G. Image Resolution: Images below 200 DPI will be flagged as low resolution. (Images should be interpolated in Photoshop to 200 DPI if needed, to eliminate delays during preflight.) Reference Tech Note 15.

H. Rich Black: Reference Tech Note 33.

I. Overprint Issue: Reference Tech Note 29.

J. 4C Editorial Text: It is not recommended to define small type as 4-color process. The slightest misregistration during the printing process can cause “blurry” looking type. Reference Tech Note 33.

K. Critical Crossover (Perfect Bound Only): Items crossing over a perfect bound page may need adjustment. (i.e. faces, type, or maps). Reference Tech Note 02 or 05.

L. File Damaged or Corrupt: There are several different ways a file may become corrupt. CD/DVD- Bad blocks on the media can cause corrupt data. The verify process should be used as the final step in CD/DVD creation. E-Mail- Attachments can become corrupt due to encoding issues. Upload- Trouble during the upload process.

M. Missing File: The electronic page cannot be found.



Barcode Incorrect: Barcodes must be vector based (outlines), on a white or light colored background and print in black ink only. Reference Tech Note 03.