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

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Chapter 19. Trapping

Trapping is a little like buying a boat. The saying about buying a boat is, “If you have to ask the price, then you can’t afford it.” My feeling about trapping is, “If you have to ask what it is, then you shouldn’t do it.”

In fact, as I am writing this chapter I can hear production managers all over the country yelling, “No, no! Don’t write about trapping. Your readers shouldn’t get involved with trapping! It’ll only confuse them.”

I wish I could skip talking about trapping, but the fact is that someone, somewhere, is going to mention trapping to you and it will be much better if you have some understanding of what it’s all about.

Keep in mind that this is hardly a detailed lesson on trapping—these are just the basic facts with ...

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