IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding the difference between composites and separations
Determining when to use process color instead of spot color separations
Printing separations out of Illustrator
Understanding line screens
Printing separations from other programs
Using Pathfinder Trap
Trapping after you create an image in Illustrator
Until the mid-1980s, computer graphics were, well, crusty. Blocky. Jagged. Rough. If you looked at graphics that were done on computers in 1981 and printed to a black-and-white printer, you'd laugh so hard you couldn't breathe, stopping the laughter only when you realized that you actually could not breathe. Of course, in 1981, the world was gaga over the capabilities of computers and computer graphics. Those same pictures were admired, and the average person was generally amazed. The average designer, on the other hand, shuddered and prayed that this whole computer thing wouldn't catch on.
Desktop publishing was pushed to a level of professionalism in 1985 by a cute little software package called PageMaker. With PageMaker, you could do typesetting and layout on the computer screen, seeing everything onscreen just as it would eventually be printed. Well, almost. Aldus was the company that created PageMaker. In 1994, Adobe swallowed Aldus.
Problems aside, PageMaker would not have been a success if the laser printer hadn't handily arrived on the scene. Even so, there were ...