These days, many prepress departments refer to themselves as electronic prepress departments, a holdover from earlier days when the computer-based activities were a parallel process, and manual prepress activities such as film stripping still encompassed much of the work. But now you’d be hard-pressed to find extensive stripping capabilities in all but the smallest shops. As long as plates were still being exposed manually from large film flats, strippers would be called upon to make last-minute corrections by taping out or grafting in replacement film pieces. But with the overwhelming move to computer-to-plate (CTP), dedicated film strippers and their light tables are increasingly rare.
Many of today’s affordable desktop ...