A service bureau
provides prepress services that may be beyond the scope of the designer. Printing to a high-resolution imagesetter to provide film for producing printing plates
or printing RC Paper
) proofs are common service bureau offerings. Although specific services may vary, typically a service bureau can do trapping
of digital files, high-resolution color or black & white scanning, color correction or other image editing, color separations
, and preflighting of digital files. A service bureau may do digital proofs
, produce transparences or color negatives, and provide typesetting services.
Not every print project will require the use of a service bureau.
Also Known As: SB | service provider | digital imaging center | prepress shop | prepress operator