Saturday, August 04, 2012

Book Printing Definitions: Camera-Ready Copy

camera-ready copyCamera-ready copy – Mechanicals, photographs, illustrations, and art fully ready for reproduction according to the technical requirements of the printing process being used. In today’s world of publishing, this would now refer to a PDF or Postscript file with the material ready for printing. Also called finished art and reproduction copy. 

Hard mechanical – Paper and/or acetate made using paste-up techniques. Also called an artboard, board, or paste-up. 

Mechanical – Camera-ready assembly of type, graphics, tables, and other copy complete with instructions to the printer. 

Soft mechanical – A file of type and other images assembled using a computer. Generally a PDF or Postscript file. Also called an electronic mechanical. 

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