Update March 28, 2011:
Ka-Blam no longer provides a low resolution digital proof with invoices. If you would like a printed proof then simply reduce your order quantity to “1″ copy.
March 9, 2011
The Most Important Thing You Can Do to speed your order through our process!
We’ve talked about this a LOT before, but it bears repeating … a LOT.
The ONE thing that you can do — beyond ANYTHING else — to speed your order effortlessly through our process is to provide PRINT READY files at the time your order is placed.
“Print Ready” means … well, ready to be printed. It means that your files have not only been submitted in complete compliance with our technical specifications, but it also means — and this is the really, truly important part that many fail to fully appreciate — that you have thoroughly proofed your pages for errors. You’ve read them forwards and backwards correcting all typos and misspellings. It means that you’ve got the page files you want intuitively named and properly paginated. Print Ready means that you are absolutely certain that your files are good to go and ready for press.
It is your responsibility to do all the pre-press work to get your job ready for print.
We understand that mistakes happen. We’re comics creators ourselves and we’ve all had the experience of being sure that our book was finished and then finding a big glaring mistake on the first page. But this should be the exception, not the rule. We get requests for page substitutions on at least half of the new orders we receive AFTER the files have been sent. That means that half of the new orders we receive are NOT print ready and have not been properly proofed before they were submitted. Nothing — and I mean nothing — slows down the process more than having to substitute pages AFTER we’ve already built the printable document.
So if you want to insure that your ship-by date is met then the most important thing that you can do is thoroughly proof your pages and be absolutely certain BEFORE the order is submitted that your pages are PRINT READY.