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RIP

RIPs accept data in various formats: Some can process PDF files natively, others require that the PDF first be converted to PostScript 2 or 3. In either case, the RIP is where all of your prepress decision-making is put to the test—I mean, put to rest. After all, if you've successfully trapped, imposed, and separated the PDF file, then the process of rasterizing it to bitmapped data and forwarding it to an imagesetter, platesetter, or digital press shouldn't be a nail-biter. And with some time and experience under your belt, it won't be.

In some sense, the PDF workflow ends here, but if you read the next chapter you'll learn about a variety of standards efforts that incorporate PDF into an even larger workflow picture, all the way through post-processing steps such as trimming and binding printed pieces.


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