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Why you should Preflight your Packaging Artwork and Labels? – Part 2

December 22, 2015

Page Specific Settings

  • Check that no CropBox is present and that there are no page elements beyond the MediaBox.
  • The page size and orientation for all pages of a PDF file should be equal.
  • No empty pages in between

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  • Check if the PDF contains white text set to overprint. Such text may be visible when the text is watched on-screen but it disappears in print.
  • Very small text quickly becomes either illegible or difficult to print when it is colored.
  • Some EU regulation for packaging requires that the x-height (the size of a small character without ascender) be a minimum of 0.9 mm. The EU food regulations require that mandatory text information on the package should have an x-height of at least 1.2 mm
  • The file must not contain white text set to overprint


  • All fonts should be included (embedded) in the PDF file. This is done to avoid that an incorrect font is used, which could lead to text becoming illegible or part of the text disappearing.
  • When a certain font is not available during the PDF creation, it typically gets replaced by Courier. To avoid printing a PDF with missing fonts, check that no Courier font is present in the file. Designers who want to use Courier on purpose, can use variants like ‘Courier New’, which are not flagged during preflight.

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Click here for PART 1                                                                                                        Click here for PART 3

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