PC Pre-press Specialists
Type Tamer entered the digital pre-press industry in 1989, pioneering
output to imagesetters from IBM PC compatible software in an industry
dominated by companies using Apple Mac computers, unable or unwilling
to deal with the technical challenges of output from anything other
than Quark Express a Mac.
We applied experience gained in the computer graphics and CAD
industries to solving the problems of imaging files on this emerging
techology. Type Tamer gradually earned the respect of others in the
industry, who previously were convinced that the PC platform was no
good for graphics and pre-press work.
Seventeen years later, although the industry has changed vastly, we
still lead the field in solving the technical challenges of pre-press
output in our niche area of PC compatible file formats including MS
Word, Publisher and Corel Draw.
Of course in this new era of PDF workflows we also convert and
preflight PC files ready for CTP as well as provide the traditional
film or bromide output.
With a background in computer hardware and software, we understand how
application software, printer driver, operating system, network, RIP
and imagesetter or CTP unit work together to produce the final result.
When they don't work for whatever reason (as will always be the case
occasionally no matter how good the equipment and software is) we
quickly analyse where the problem is coming from, find a way around it
and get your job out rather than giving up, calling out a technican or
spending hours on the phone to tech support trying to get an answer.
Our clients include small and large printing companies, government
departments, graphic design and advertising agencies as well as
businesses outside the printing industry.
Outputs and Designs that work
We all know that customer supplied artwork files can lead to big
headaches for the printer. Whenever we are imaging customer supplied
files, our staff, who are are well versed in the requirements and
limitations of different printing processes are constantly reviewing
the file and imaging settings to ensure the best possible results are
achieved. We don't just open the file and press print!
When necessary we correct and compensate for design faults, or instruct
the customer how to re-work the files to be more compatible with the
printing process being used. The aim at all times is to supply
the printer with outputs or PDF files that will work with the minimum
possible trouble during production.
When we design new logos or artwork, we apply this knowlege so that all
new jobs are designed from the ground up to print well and make life
easy for the printer by using correct trapping between colours, screen
rulings, dot sizes and by using ink coverage matched to the printing
process and stock being used.
Your Virtual Artwork Department
Many printing businesses have a desktop publishing system which they
use to create simple artwork in house, but they sometimes find this
inadequate for more complicated jobs involving colour scanning, logo
creation or other issues. This is where our virtual art department can
step in and take over behind the scenes. We create the artwork from the
brief you give us, often by fax or email then email a PDF proof back
for you to print out on your own laser printer or forward to your
customer, who need never know it was not produced by your company.
Once the job is approved we can supply artwork or films, or send a press ready PDF file to a trade printing hub on your behalf.
We provide this service to many printing companies, who find our rates
economical, service fast and efficient and their lives de-stressed from
no longer trying to solve specialised DTP and pre-press problems
instead of running their core business.
We have recently installed a high speed colour copying system and
provide trade pricing for printing companies who use it to provide
small runs of brochures and similar items that are not economical to
print. The quality is very close to offset, most people outside the
print trade would think job has been printed.
This system is also excellent for jobs wanted too quickly for conventional printing and one off items such as certificates.