Pocket Guide to Digital Prepress

Author: Frank J. Romano
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ISBN: 0827371985
Publisher: Delmar Learning (29 June, 1995)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 57,797
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5

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Rating: 3 out of 5
usefull but outdated
expected:
an up to date explanation of the digital prepress process, tools and applications in simple terms.

got:
an outdate but thorough explanation of digital prepress written like a stereo manual. Alot of things were left unexplained and the writing was repetitive due to the "poket guide" style i suppose.
While i did learn some tips and got some detail (sometimes much more than i needed) the material is needs alot of updating. Some areas were better written and fully explained than others and the use of diagrams and tables was OK but they did not tie in well with the text..they would just appear.

One other BIG complaint is the horrible quality of the diagrams and the fact that they were all in black and white/greyscale. How can you try to explain color processing and printing using black and white diagrams?

Bottom line:
may make a good quick reference for older processes, but does not do a great job at emplaining some important stuff.
The author needs to update the material and GET COLOR into the book, even if it's just some pages with color plates. also he needs to use a better drawing program to illustrate points, b/c it looks like he used MS Word's drawing tools.


Rating: 5 out of 5
All what you need to know
I started a graphic design Department out of my love for design and printing, but I had no knowledge of the "REAL" Graphic Art Business until I read this Book. It has all the information you need starting from working your files on the computer, how to save them, problems encountered with saving files in the wrong format, as well as information on AM and FM screening, dot gain, banding, exposure,... and all the information one needs to know about the business and ART of Digital printing. If you are a biginner or a professional, this book will satisfy you since it has all the answers to your "UNASWERED" questions. It will guide you through all the process as well as the "SECRETS" of Prepress. This is a MUST READ AND HAVE BOOK.


Rating: 3 out of 5
Good, but now outdated
This was a great book for the time it was written [1996], but is now pretty much outdated. Worth picking up to get some background on the early history of PostScript and imagesetting, but for a greater understanding look for more current sources.

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