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Production for Print by Mark Gatter

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Tools of the Trade, and More

There are a few more things that it is useful to know, as a graphic designer, when taking your job to a print shop.

Film

While most of us will end up using a CTP workflow, some print shops still create film from the digital file. Plates are then made from the film. In this case, the printer owns the film.

Film is technically a tool of the trade, and actually belongs to the printer unless it is specified on the invoice. Then, and only then, is it yours.

If you tell the printers when you call for an estimate that you want to take the film away with you at the end, they might feel inclined to charge you something extra for doing so. On the other hand, if you do not ask for the film until they call you to say that your ...

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