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Hard Copy / Camera Copy Requirements...
Below are specific notes useful in preparing Hard Copy, also known as Camera Copy.
  • What is hard copy?
    Hard Copy is an up-to-date composite printout, having 1 page on 1 sheet of paper. Either print crop marks or make sure you print each sheet the same way on the sheet. All fonts, photos, graphics and other elements in your print out are the way you want the book to be printed.

  • When submittting PDF Disks
    We no longer need hard copy when you submitt a PDF Disk.

  • When submittting All Other Disks
    We require the job when submitted to be accompanied by accurate laser printouts showing us how the files should look.

  • Why Do I Need To Send Hard Copy With My Disk Job?
    It's important you send hard copy with your disk job - this is how Crane ensures that your job will be printed just as you expected, with no surprises. This hard copy is used to verify that all fonts, photos, graphics and other elements in your file output the same on our equipment as they did on yours.
    Our number one problem is fonts. Remember, it is in your best interest to make sure that your file prints out as expected. If your file does not color-split correctly, you may face additional charges for time and materials. By always sending up-to-date hard copy with your disk jobs, you can save yourself both time and money.

  • How to Make Hard Copy Camera Copy
    This non-digital option allows customers to provide copy on plain white paper, which we photograph with powerful cameras. Follow these guidelines when using a laser printer to submit camera-ready copy:
    1. Output copy on a laser printer. Dot matrix or ink jet printers produce fuzzy or jagged letters, decreasing sharpness.
    2. Use high quality, non-glossy laser-printer paper. Check your printer manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.
    3. 3. Make sure the toner on your printer is full. Low toner causes faint type or uneven coverage.
    4. 4. Choose the appropriate dots per inch (dpi). The resolution (or sharpness) of text is expressed as "dots per inch." Most laser printers output at 300 dpi, others offer higher resolutions. The higher the dpi, the better the quality. When choosing a printer and settings its properties, note:
      • 300 dpi: type may appear jagged
      • 600 dpi: commercially acceptable results
      • 800-1200 dpi: very good quality
    5. Convert graphics to lines per inch (lpi). To professionally print shades of gray in photos, drawings, and other graphics you must convert them to halftone dots. LPI measures how many lines of dots there are per inch. Follow these guidelines, to set the lpi values for your chosen text dpi.
      • 300 dpi: not acceptable for graphics
      • 600 dpi: set graphics at up to 65 lpi
      • 800-1200 dpi: set graphics at up to 80 lpi
    6. Disable dithering or enhancement options if you can. Although these options enhance laser copies, they may be detrimental to professional printing.
    7. Insert blank pages where they will appear. Label them "blank," with non-reproducing blue pencil.
    8. Indicate your desired margins. Print crop marks, if room is available, outside of the trim. Margins must be no less than ¼ inch from the edge of the page.
    9. Extend bleed tabs ¼ inch beyond the trim. Printing that extends to the edge of the page after trimming is called a "bleed." To ensure ink coverage to the bleed edge, we need ¼ inch of paper to trim away after printing. Call us before setting up your bleed tabs.

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