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

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Contract Proofs

Before a commercial print service provider cranks up a multimillion-dollar press for your job, proofs will be generated to check color and content. Internally, print service providers may use various kinds of proofs to check various aspects of a job. For example, desktop inkjet or laser output is used to check for problem fonts or mechanical issues, large-format prints are used to check imposed pages, and film-based proofs or digital proofs are used for color matching. Whereas in the olden days, print service providers generated film to create proofs, we’ve moved into the age of computer-to-plate (CTP) printing, so film output is increasingly rare. But don’t feel that a digital proof is somehow less official than a film-based ...

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