Glossary of Printing Terms:
Makeready

  1. The combination of activities that comprise the preparation of a printing press to print a job.

  2. One of the reasons that a conventional printing job can be so expensive to keep repeating is that the makeready process is very time consuming and, therefore expensive.

Obviously the shorter the print run, the larger the percentage of the price is attributable to the makeready process.

Something that designers and their clients often overlook.

  1. The process of setting up and adjusting a printing press for a particular ink, paper and specifications prior to printing.

This includes adjusting the infeed, grippers and guides, adjusting ink for proper coverage, registering copy, and matching the printed piece with the proof to be sure everything is correct.

  1. The paper used while making all the necessary adjustments before printing the actual run.

Also referred to as Set Up.

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