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Hour 23. Printing > Preparing to Print

Preparing to Print

It's possible to go very deeply into the theory and methodology of printing. Professionals know the power of having color-compensated monitors and color-printing profiles, which guarantee that what you see on the screen is as close as humanly possible to what you will see on the paper. For the rest of us, most of the time pretty good is good enough. We'll delve into some of the mysteries of color printing in this hour, but before we do, let's start with the most basic of the basics.

Printers (the hardware kind) use software called printer drivers that function as part of your operating system, whether it's Mac or Windows. The driver converts the output from Photoshop (or your word processor, or whatever printable software you're using) into a form that the printer can understand and reproduce on paper. (Okay, on silk or transparency, too…) So, before you can print, you need to have a printer hooked up and the appropriate driver loaded.


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