The History and Evolution of Prepress

The History and Evolution of Prepress2021-06-04T02:43:21+00:00
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The Birth of Print

As we progress into the 21st century it is difficult to imagine a world without print. In fact, there are very few places on

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Technologies That Advanced Print

The evolution of print relies on prudent integration of emerging technologies; it does today as it did in its infancy eighteen hundred years ago. Two

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Print and the Renaissance

At the turn of the 15th century printing was still an artisan’s profession, making woodcarvings and manually transferring images onto textiles, parchment, or paper

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The Renaissance

Less than fifty years after Gutenberg produced his first 180 books, the printing press populated 270 cities in Europe and 200 million copies of books

  • Eight Cylinder Type Revolving Printing Machine

The Industrial Revolution

Three centuries after Gutenberg printed his Bible, the print industry is thriving and technically relatively unchanged, and yet that is all about to change. The

  • 1892 Mimeograph

Industry 2.0: Introduction

The second Industrial Revolution lasted less than fifty years and would bring more change and integration of new technologies than the preceding eighteen centuries. The

  • Platen Press

Industry 2.0: The Printing Press

During the 19th century, the availability of cost effective material supply and integration of industrial automation made mass-produced products more prevalent. The printing press would

  • monotype

Industry 2.0: Prepress

New printing processes enabled by advances in production techniques and materials demanded higher productivity and innovation for prepress. Pages had to be prepared faster,

  • Colossus

Industry 3.0

As mentioned in a previous article, the sad reality is, technical advancement often results from conflict. So, it comes as no surprise that World

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