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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Your Monitor is Not Made of Paper

Seems hardly worth mentioning: Your monitor uses transmitted light to display a semblance of your design piece, whereas the final printed job consists of ink on physical paper. When you think of things in those terms, you shouldn’t be surprised that the two realities don’t look the same. Yet, it’s easy to forget the fundamental fact that your monitor is not displaying ink on paper, and it can be tempting to make color decisions based on what you view onscreen. Wouldn’t it be great if your monitor could more closely match the printed outcome of your job? Your monitor will never be identical to the printed piece, but it is possible to control your software and your monitor for a much closer match.

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