Print Production

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Print generation organizer controls compose and screens the stream of written words in a printing organization. In this part, you’ll check plans, affirm item particulars, organize changes, administer crafted by staff in the office and screen the nature of the item, guaranteeing due dates are met.

The purpose of this section is to create a birds-eye view of the different stages of print production. Someone could, as part of their job, be involved in one or more of these stages. And of course, the person who oversees or in some way coordinates these various stages of the “print job” are often called “print production managers.”

Other terms which have been used synonymously to describe the job of “print production” are “graphic production,” “direct mail manager,” “print buyer,” and “printing coordinator.”  Therefore, in the print production realm you’ll often see many similar phrasings to describe what are usually “print production” functions. This is useful to realize when you’re dealing with print production personnel in different companies.

A print production job generally begins with the client – or customer. This “client” can be a book or magazine publisher or simply a businessperson needing to have brochures designed and printed. When a client or customer wants something printed is when it all begins.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is defined in “Getting it Printed”, by Kenly and Beach, as the “arrangement of type and visual elements along with specifications for paper, ink colors, and printing processes that, when combined, convey a visual message.” And unless they are working on their own project, they will receive clear specifications from their client of what the end product should look like.

The graphic art stage of print production may be handled by a single graphic designer working alone or as part of a graphic design or advertising firm. It could also be managed by a separate graphic design department

Prepress

Prepress commonly refers to all the print production functions that take place from the time the printing company receives the artwork — from a graphic designer or customer — up until the actual printing takes place on the printing press. These functions normally include at least some of the following: receiving media files or downloading them from the web; creating a “proof” for client approval; making any changes requested by the client; creating negatives; and finally making the plates that will be used on the press.

Printing

Printing with regard to “print production” is the mechanical process of applying ink to paper using a printing press. The printing press is the most cost effective way of producing large volumes of printed materials due to its speed and the lower cost of paper. With the rapid improvement of office printing and high speed photocopying technology many companies will refer to the in-house production of large quantities of color copies or large-format prints as their “print production. “