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Images: from a printer's perspective
Author(s): N. Ronnie Sarkar
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses trends in the publishing and printing industry from a large commercial printer's perspective, how these changes affect the suppliers to the graphic arts industry, and the impact they have on the quality of the printed output. The article starts with a brief background about R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Co., the largest commercial printers in North America, and its involvement in research and development. Following this, the major trends seen in the graphic arts industry are presented. These include a trend from analog to digital processing which leads to a filmless environment and digital proofing, the increased use and capabilities of electronic printing machines primarily for quick turn around, demand printing applications, and the widespread use of color that must be easy to use yet provide the expected printed results. To conclude, the author provides some comments on the concept of quality as it pertains to a printed color image and what the quality implications may be for some of the trends discussed earlier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1458, Printing Technologies for Images, Gray Scale, and Color, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46330
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N. Ronnie Sarkar, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1458:
Printing Technologies for Images, Gray Scale, and Color
Derek B. Dove; Takao Abe; Joachim L. Heinzl, Editor(s)

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