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Straight to Plate

Straight to Plate – way most plates are made to go on an offset printing press. #printing #printingpress #straighttoplate

Straight to Plate

Straight to Plate - way most plates are made to go on an offset printing press. #printing #printingpress #straighttoplate

Before straight to plate, you had to make your own plate in a dark room and then strip and plate making.

Now you just make the pdf and then drop it to the plate making software. Once there it sends it to the plate maker attached to a computer.

It burns it almost like the film plate makers did. Once this is burned, it is read for the press.

At the print shop I work for we use the PlateRite 4300S.

One thing I noticed with the PDFs is … on the computer you made it on the gripper edge of the pdf is the top of screen.

While in the plate making software we use, when we go to roam, the preview should do the gripper edge on the left.

What’s the gripper edge?

It is the edge where the printing press grabs it to print.


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Steve is graphic designer who works at a print shop. He has been in graphic design since high school and continued on to get an Associates of Applied Science degree in graphic design too. He has since worked mostly in advertising design for various newspapers and shoppers. He has also worked for a couple sign companies. He currently works at a print shop. Steve has over 30 lifetime years of graphic design.

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