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CT&D #13. The Life Cycle of a Print Job

What are three aspects of the life cycle of a print job?

Based on the readings, three new aspects I learned regarding the life cycle of a print job include the prepress, pressroom and finishing processes. The prepress stage involves the manufacturing of a printing plate and/or image carrier or form to be mounted on a printing press. The process also seems to incorporate the adjustment of images and text to a high quality print file. The pressroom obviously is the setting where prepress production takes place as well as the finishing touches which include cutting, folding, embossing and stamping.

Within these steps, there are certain procedures worth highlighting. Among them is trapping, a process which involves the creation of overlaps and underlaps of objects during print production to eliminate mis-registration on a press. Next, imposition calls for the arrangement of a printed product’s page via binding and reduction techniques of the paper being used in such process. And finally, proofing describes the providing of a visual copy of a press to a customer so that changes could be made/ mistakes could be corrected during the press process.

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