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From Design Into Print: Preparing Graphics and Text for Professional Printing by Sandee Cohen

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Chapter 2. Desktop Printing

Instead of taking their print or design jobs to a print shop, many people are able to output the jobs right from their own computer desktop by using one of the wide variety of available desktop printers. But what makes a printer a “desktop” printer? Well, some printers are actually as big as a room and would obviously crush your desk. But others are small enough to tuck into a briefcase and take on the road. Some print copies that are almost identical to photographs. Others collate and staple like office copiers.

Most people consider a desktop printer to be any output device that can be hooked up to a personal computer. There’s no official definition of a desktop printer, so there are many different types of printers ...

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