New reference tool covers the changes in prepress and digital workflow.
Digital Prepress Primer, by Joseph Marin, has been published by PIA/GATFPress. Designed to offer a broad overview of the digital prepress industry for newcomers as well as experts, the book follows a user-friendly format and can be read straight through as an introduction to the industry or can be kept close by as a reference tool, the publisher reports.
'Prepress has undergone many changes over the last 20 years,' says Marin, senior prepress technologist/instructor for the Center for Digital Printing Excellence, the prepress training and production facility located at PIA/GATF headquarters in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. 'We have moved from a hands-on, craft-oriented method of producing work to an all-digital hardware and software-based workflow. Keeping up with all of the changes in prepress is an ongoing battle for everyone involved in print production.'
The book covers topics including:
-- Document design and typography;
-- Color specification;
-- Desktop publishing software;
-- Color theory, reproduction, and management;
-- Digital image files;
-- Graphic-arts workflow;
-- Common imaging file formats;
-- PostScript and RIPs;
-- Digital trapping and imposition; and
-- Quality control.
Price of Digital Prepress Primer: $30.