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Printing Technology

Printing Technology - 5th edition

Printing Technology - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780766822320

ISBN10: 076682232X

Printing Technology by J. Michael Adams and Penny Ann Dolin - ISBN 9780766822320
Edition: 5TH 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Delmar Publications
International: No
Printing Technology by J. Michael Adams and Penny Ann Dolin - ISBN 9780766822320

ISBN13: 9780766822320

ISBN10: 076682232X

Edition: 5TH 02

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Printing Technology takes readers on a journey from the beginnings of the graphic arts industry through today's cutting-edge digital technology. Now in its fifth edition, this popular book has been reorganized to provide readers with a firmer grasp of how digital printing technologies are revolutionizing the industry. Traditional analog printing methods are reviewed in the first six chapters, establishing the foundation from which readers will develop an understanding of the state-of-the-art technological infrastructure for digital publishing that supports today's new, digital workflow. Subsequent chapters lead readers through the complexities of digital data, digital prepress operations, printing techniques, and finishing options. Since technology has also impacted the way business is conducted today, this edition also features information on computer estimating and job tracking, plus use of the internet as a portal for connecting printing facilities with customers, vendors, and suppliers. Discussion of customer-defined quality management, including introductions to total quality management (TQM) and statistical process control (SPC) techniques, is also included in the final chapter to ensure long-term success in this highly technical, fast-changing, and increasingly competitive field.


  • Nearly every chapter has been extensively updated based on new technologies, including expanded sections on digital printing and inkjet technologies.
  • All file formats are explored, equipping readers for the modern "premedia" environment within which digital content is repurposed for specific print, CD-ROM and internet needs.
  • Critical technologies studied in depth include PostScript and PDF, digital workflow concerns, color management and the new internet-based print management models.
  • Coverage of estimating and production control integrates state-of-the-art printing technology possibilities into the reality of today's business environment.
  • An all-new appendix on health and safety issues has been added, ensuring that readers are well prepared to work in today's high-tech printing environment.
  • An updated glossary, and an emphasis on how the technological infrastructure supports the increasingly digital nature of the industry, make this book invaluable to professionals and novices alike.

Author Bio

Adams, J. Michael : Drexel University

J. Michael Adams is the Dean of the College of Design Arts at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dolin, Penny Ann : Arizona State University Main

Penny Ann Dolin has more than 20 years of experience in the graphic communications industry, particularly in commercial photography, digital imaging, and prepress technologies. Her accomplishments include the founding and successful operation of a full-service commercial photography studio and prepress industry experience within corporate American Color. Currently, Ms. Dolin is a member of the faculty at Arizona State University East, in the Department of Information and Management Technology within the College of Technology and Applied Science.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The Printing Industry.

1) Printing Technology.

Size and Scope of the Printing Industry.
Organization of Printing Services.
Preparing for a Career in Printing.
The Tradition of Foundry Type.

2) Foundry Type Composition.

Basic Design and Traditional Preparation.

3) Section 1. Design Considerations.

Alphabet Design. Type Copy.
Traditional Art Copy.
Design Steps.
Section 2. Surface and Materials for Traditional Layout and Paste-up.
Working with Photographs.
Working From the Rough Layout.
Single and Multi-color Paste-up.
Traditional Line and Halftone Photography.

4) Section 1. The Nature of Light.

Camera Fundamentals.
Film Processing.
Section 2. Density, Tone, and Contrast. Densitometry.
Traditional Halftone Screens.
Areas of a Continuous Tone Print.
Understanding Halftone Dots. Color

5) Basic Color Theory.

Halftone Dots and Color.
Color Masking. UCR & GCR.
Traditional Image and Assembly and Platemaking.

6) Section 1. Stripping Transparent Materials.

Elementary Stripping Techniques.
Multiflat Registration.
Proofing Transparent Materials.
Section 2. Equipment for Proofing and Plating.
Lithographic Printing Plates.
Surface Plates.
Working With Digital Data.

7) The Concept of Digital Information.

Computer Basics.
Moving and Storing Data.
Digital Workflow.
Digital Prepress: Creation and Input.

8) Digital Image Types.

File Formats.
Digital Image Input.
Digital Photography.
Digital Prepress: Assembly.

9) Page Layout.

Illustration and Image Editing Software.
Digital Halftones.
Color Management.
Digital Prepress: Output.

10) PostScript.

Portable Document Format.
Imposition and Trapping.
Output to Film.
Digital Proofing.
Output to the Internet.
Databasing and Archiving.
Printing Presses: An Overview.

11) Press Development.

Understanding Offset Press Operation.
The Systems Approach to Learning About Presses.
Multi-Color Sheet-fed Presses.
Web Offset Presses.
Towards Total Automation.
Offset Press.

12) Section 1. Offset Press Operation.

Printing Process Operation.
Printing Process Color on Sheetfed Offset Presses.
Quality Control Devices.
Section 2. Roller and Blanket Problems and Adjustments.
Common Press Concerns.
A Troubleshooting Check List.
Press Maintenance.

13) Section 1. Basic Concepts and Classification of Stencils.

Fabric and Frame Preparation. Photographic Stencil Methods.
Masking the Stencil. Section 2. Squeegee and Ink Considerations.
The Basic Screen-Printing Process.
Halftone Reproduction in Screen-Printing.
High Speed Production Presses.
Special Machine Configurations.
Gravure Printing.

14) The Gravure Industry.

Basic Gravure Concepts.
Cylinder Construction and Preparation.
Gravure Press Work.
Trends in Gravure.
Flexographic, Ink-jet, and Digital Printing.

15) Flexographic Printing.

Ink-jet Printing.
Digital Printing.
Paper and Ink.

16) Section 1. Introduction to Paper.

Recycled Paper.
Classifying Paper.
Determining Paper Needs.
Sample Estimating Problem.
Determining the Price of Paper.
Section 2. Properties of Ink.
Ingredients in Ink.
Calculating Ink Usage.
Ink Specifications and Standards.
Lithographic Inks.
Screen Printing Inks.
Letterpress Inks.
Flexographic Inks.
Gravure Inks.
Ultraviolet Curing Inks.
Finishing Operations.

17) Cutting.

Special Letterpress Applications.
In-line Finishing.
Demographic Binding.
Packages and Shipping.
The Business Printing.

18) Determining Real Printing Costs.

Job Estimating.
Production Planning.
Computer Based Management Tools.
Customer-Defined Quality Management.

19) Defining Quality.

Motivation for a Customer-Defined Quality Orientation.
The Principles of Customer-Defined Quality Management.
The Typical TQM Process.
Statistical Process Control.
The Problem-Solving Process.
Group Processes.

Appendix A. Color Temperature.
Appendix B. Finding Information Resources in the Graphic Arts.
Appendix C. Health and Safety Issues.

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