Prepress Capabilities

•  HD Flexo: a new standard for flexographic printing plates

With HD Flexo, the gap between flexo and gravure and offset is closed. Bringing consistency, vibrant colors and increased print quality, HD Flexo raises the industry standard in flexo printing. Flexo printing can now compete with offset for quality labels and with gravure printing for flexible packaging. And Full HD Flexo goes even further in the quality improvements. Read more here.

•  CDI: Computer to Plate Technology

The superior plate quality from our CDI is exactly what a printer needs to achieve outstanding results: fine highlights, excellent details and superb coverage in the shadows. The CDI delivers it the first time, and every time. Read more here.

•  Rotary Screen Making

Screen printing is ideally suited wherever a high degree of coverage, precise detail and colour intensity are required to obtain a brilliant, high-quality image. Applying a coating allows special relief and other effects to be created. Scented coatings, thermochromatic inks and glitters are just a few examples of screen printing applications. Read more here.

•  Epson Proofer with Esko Color Engine

The Color Engine enables color management across the packaging and print supply chain. At the heart of the Color Engine is a central color database for all color critical data.

Color consistency is critical in brand recognition. Defining accurate brand and spot color standards is the first step in maintaining consistency. The next step is using these color standards in all packaging design and production applications. Read more here.

•  Automation Engine 16

Automation Engine sets a new standard for prepress workflow automation. It is a new modular workflow server with dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate. Automation Engine ensures increased efficiency and throughput and saves time and money. It is, by all standards, an exceptional answer to the daily challenges of print professionals who need to increase quality, reduce errors and drive cost out of the process. Read more here.

girl at computerRegardless of a design's complexity, bridging the gap between mockup and final print can be a difficult process. Macaran's Pre-Press Department can help. Understanding our capabilities and our supplied art guidelines can help to reduce cost and lead times.

Upfront work —  text/graphic editing, color correction, color-breaking —  is done primarily through Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Back-end — color separation, trapping, stepping and repeating, ripping —  is done through Esko Automation Engine 12, FlexRip and our Computer to Plate technology.


Prepress Resources

art specifications


Click here to view a pdf of our supplied art guidelines. It includes acceptable file and media formats, tolerances, tips and techniques.

image setting form


Click here to view a PDF of our artwork submission form. Attaching this form to your supplied media helps pre-press understand your specific printing intentions. It can also serve as a checklist to insure you have included all applicable file components.

ftp access


This will take you to a customer access point for our FTP site. If you have not been set-up as a valid user please contact your customer service representative.

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