Behind the scenes at the printer there are many operations that must take place in order for your job to be printed correctly. But there are also quite a few pitfalls that can be avoided by putting together a simple checklist for pre-flighting your own files before sending them to your printer. This simple checklist will save you time and money. Even the veterans of print design forget these simple tasks. You will not find any advanced tips here, just the basics.
Nothing fancy, but important to remember none the less. Maybe I will get into folding and spot colors in the future, but for now keep these three tips always in mind. Use the action for your images in Photoshop and all you will have to remember is the bleed. Really the biggest piece of advice that I could give is to talk with your printer. This precludes all previous advice. If you can, talk with someone in the Prepress Department. They are usually busy fixing files that came into the printer wrong so most printers don’t allow direct contact to Prepress personnel, but you can try. Anyway, I trust this helps. And happy, quality printing!