• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

PDF's Role in Prepress

Although Adobe didn't create its portable document format for streamlining prepress workflows, the graphics community quickly realized PDF was a natural for prepress because it's based on PostScript, the page-description language Adobe developed for putting pixels on paper back in the 1980s. While Adobe has always stressed other strengths and markets for Acrobat and PDF, the company has also (quietly and gradually) made the technologies more friendly to the graphic arts community (see Table 1-1). Today, users can employ Acrobat and PDF to manage PostScript data with aplomb, and take advantage of the supporting cast of tools to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.

If you plan to use PDF in your prepress workflow, it helps to know how the production process has evolved to the point where PDF is needed. I could go all the way back to Gutenberg, but let's fast-forward to the 1980s, when PostScript revolutionized the way desktop printers understand instructions for drawing marks on a page.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint