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Chapter 7. IMPORTED GRAPHICS

Chapter 7. IMPORTED GRAPHICS

One reason desktop publishing became so popular is how easy it is to combine graphics such as photographs and illustrations with type.

In the years before computers, specialized workers, working under the exotic name strippers, manually trimmed away the blank areas around graphics so that text could be placed around the image. (That's where they got the name stripper. They were combining strips of film together.)

It was even more complicated to get text to appear over an illustration. The image and text had to be combined by photography and then stripped into the layout.

With page layout programs such as InDesign it takes a few clicks of a mouse to combine type and artwork together. It's enough to make old-time strippers hang up their tassles!


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