Take an experienced person with you if this is your first press check.
Wear comfortable footwear.
Designer black clothing may not be a wise choice that day as the white spray powder inherent in the print process will seek you out.
If your client is also present at press, agree in advance on what each person's role will be so that you do not give mixed signals to the pressman.
If you want the printer to match a piece previously printed at another supplier, this reference must be supplied to prepress before work is started. Do not pull it out as a surprise once the make ready has already been done.
Let the printer know if there is a form or an image that is crucial to your project. Make sure to start with that form in order to set the standard for the balance of the print job.
Are you viewing press sheets in correct lighting (5,000K)?
Is the printer using the correct paper?
Are all images and type on press sheet?
Are all elements in register?
Do four colour and PMS colors match on crossovers?
Do PMS colours match target (up-to-date PMS book or approved ink draw down)?
Is the type crisp and unbroken?
Are images free of hickeys, picking, roller marks, mottling, ghosting, scumming?
Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
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