Printing a Magazine
Printing a Magazine involves many steps, the first of which is the creation of digital files. This can be accomplished by any number of desktop publishing programs like Quark, InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Even general purpose programs like Microsoft Word or Publisher can be used to create a Print Magazine.
Once the digital files have been created they are sent to a Magazine Printers like Ad-Graphics. There the files are examined for structural defects in a process known as "preflighting." Highly trained and skilled technicians identify these defects and attempt to make changes or contact the customer as necessary.
If preflight is succesful and the file is ready for printing, a
link to a digital proof is provided for the customer to check one
last time. If the customer notices any problems or editorial changes,
this is their last opportunity to make those changes. Otherwise,
if the customer is satisfied with their file, they send their approval
and the job is further prepared for printing in a process known
Imposition creates templates that arrange the Print Magazine pages onto digital press sheets. These digital press sheets are etched onto aluminum plates by a machine known as a platesetter. After etching, the sheets are washed and delivered to the pressman at the printing press.
The printing press is roughly the size of a small school bus. Inside the press is a complicated mechanical system that the pressman attaches the aluminum plates to. The mechanical system moves large pieces of paper into contact with rollers that the plates have saturated with ink. The ink transfers only where the un-etched portion of the plates contact the rollers. The printing press prints tens of thousands of sheets per hour and the pressman must constantly monitor various aspects of the process to ensure high quality output.
After the printed sheets exit the printing press, they are stacked on carts to dry. Once dry they are trimmed and cut by bindery personnel operating large hydraulic cutters. The trimmed sheets are then collated and saddle stitched by a stitching machine.
Finally, the finished Print Magazines are either inkjet addressed
for mailing or boxed and shipped to the customer
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