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Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Scott Valentine, Dan Moughamian

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Commercial Press Output

One of the more difficult and frustrating aspects of any Photoshop workflow is making sure the images you create maintain their visual integrity when printed on a four-color (or six-color) printing press. So many variables are at play even within supposedly similar press setups that there is plenty of opportunity for your colors to become muddled and your contrast to lose all of its punch. We wish it were as simple as providing you with a formula for getting great CMYK prints, but unfortunately no such formula exists.

The only way to make sure you get quality press output is to keep the lines of communication with your printing house’s account agent open so they understand your goals and concerns, and to perform your due ...

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