16. Printing, PDF, and Specialized File Types

At some point, you will need to send your images to an output device. Several different devices are available, including paper and film printers, plates, or a digital printing press. Whether you are printing on a desktop inkjet printer or sending your images to prepress, there are some essentials you should know. Understanding the core technology will ensure that your print jobs go smoothly and that your images turn out as desired. The material in this chapter serves as a primer on printing and PDF technology, but you should realize that professional printing is a trade that takes a lot of experience and specialized knowledge.

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