Tuesday, November 30, 2021

How to make sure your files are “Print Ready”

 Have you heard the phrase print ready when working with your printer? Have you wondered what they are talking about? Have you sent your files into your printer to have them sent back as not ready to go? Well, we are here to explain all about print-ready files and what it means.



Print Ready, this means to describe a file that has all the necessary specifications to produce a high-resolution printed output without needing any additional alteration or intervention. Meaning a commercial printer like TigerPress can use your file as submitted to create the desired print materials.



When you are providing files to be printed be sure to include all fonts, images, and bleeds. Typical file formats for print-ready files, also known as native files are Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), and QuarkExpress. There are other formats, however, they may require extra prepress work making them not print-ready. You also want to make sure when setting up the print files that you use the right DPI (Dots Per Inch/ Resolution). The recommended photo resolution for offset production is 300dpi. For line art images (1-bit) images should be 600dpi. It can seem overwhelming but we are here to help ensure you have print-ready files and your print projects are ready to go!



Common factors that can prevent your file from being ‘Print Ready’:

·         Improper document size

·         Colors are RGB not CMYK

·         Spot color not properly defined

·         Not allowing ample margins (putting information or borders closer than ¼” from any trimmed edge)

·         Resolution not high enough. Minimum should be 300 dpi at 100% size. 600 dpi or high for images.

·         Bleeds not set up correctly Your artwork should extend at least 1/8” past crop mark.

·         Crop marks missing or incorrectly placed

·         Missing fonts or images

·         Poor contrast between text and background

·         Spelling and grammar errors

Your file type is one of the most important parts of ensuring you have a print-ready file. Making sure you submit the correct file type is important in determining whether a commercial printer can successfully print your project. TigerPress is here to help with all your print needs.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We have many professionals that can assist you with your files

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

HIPAA and The Printing Industry

HIPAA and the Printing Industry

TigerPress is a HIPAA compliant company which means so much in this day and age. There are many advantages of partnering with a HIPAA-compliant printing and packaging company. While sensitive data can be difficult to work with, we have the expertise, the equipment, and the technology to reduce the risk of a HIPAA violation.



So, what is HIPAA and why is it important? HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It was a large-scale modernization of the health insurance industry in the US. Among its many statutes were the privacy Rule and Security Rule, which specifically targeted the mishandling and misuse of information and medical records for countless Americans who would not be left vulnerable to theft and fraud. The act helps prevent occurrences of information misuse and encourages the increase of privacy and security throughout the industry. HIPAA is a rule that when working with the personal information of others for the business you need to protect it and let them know how it is being used. Also, anyone else who uses the information stands by HIPAA. If you are a doctor, dentist, hospital, or any other company that deals with personal health information, HIPAA is a must-have protocol to have in place.



Partnering with a HIPAA-compliant print and mail company does more than simply avoid costly issues or violations. An integrated print-mail solution can help grow your business, improve patient communications and your overall patient experience. TigerPress is a HIPAA compliant full-service commercial printing, packaging, and mailing service provider. We know how important it is to produce and get your product into the mail stream in the hands of your clients. We have all the right tools, policies, and procedures in place to protect your PHI (personal health information).



With the latest in modern protections and services on your side, you receive the following benefits.

The latest HIPAA Expertise: As a HIPAA compliant company we get all the current information on new and recently updated regulations regarding HIPAA, with first-hand knowledge on how our compliance directly relates to your services.

Ironclad Data Security: With industry-leading technology and secure data management practices that help keep patient information safe, secure, and private.

HIPAA Compliance Checklist:

·         Limit Access to HIPAA Data

·         Create A Data Map

·         Protect Your Data

·         Monitor Perimeter Activity

·         Monitor Access

One small mistake can cost you a significant amount of money due to fines. That is where we come in and help you avoid those mistakes.

 

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