You must understand the versatility of the printing process to avoid going
beyond its limitations during prepress preparations. If you have a sound
knowledge of this in preparing the mechanicals, you will eliminate or solve
production problems. The actual process of printing is one of the last steps
in the reproduction process.
Planning begins when the job enters the shop. Planning involves more than
determining the operations involved and estimating the time, personnel, and
materials to do the job. It includes specific prepress considerations that
influence the creation of the mechanical.
Prepress considerations influence the construction of the mechanical. The
first factor to determine is format. After you set the format of the finished
product, select the stock and type.
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