Make-ready in printing refers to the preparatory work and adjustments necessary to set up a printing press for a specific print job. This process involves fine-tuning the press, adjusting ink levels, ensuring proper registration, and running test prints to achieve the desired print quality before the actual production run begins.


Print setup


  1. Commercial Printing: The make-ready process for a large print run of catalogs included calibrating the press and running multiple test sheets to ensure color accuracy and alignment.
  2. Packaging: During the make-ready phase for packaging boxes, the press operator adjusted the die-cutting equipment to align perfectly with the printed graphics.
  3. Book Printing: For a high-quality book print job, make-ready involved checking the pagination and binding setup to ensure the pages were correctly ordered and trimmed.


  • Thorough Checklists: Use detailed make-ready checklists to ensure all aspects of the setup process are covered, including paper type, ink levels, and registration marks.
  • Skilled Operators: Employ experienced press operators who understand the intricacies of make-ready and can efficiently fine-tune the press for optimal results.
  • Regular Maintenance: Keep the printing press well-maintained to minimize setup time and reduce the likelihood of issues during make-ready.
  • Calibration Tools: Utilize advanced calibration tools and software to achieve precise color matching and alignment during the make-ready process.
  • Sample Runs: Conduct multiple sample runs and closely inspect them for any defects or inconsistencies before proceeding with the full production run.

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