Digital technology produced astonishing advances in prepress productivity, unleashing many creative possibilities and image quality improvements. Progress in printing technologies also raised color quality and productivity. Today’s subsequent availability of inexpensive, high-quality color images, has greatly enriched us all.
Author Gary G. Field’s account of modern color printing’s evolution has four areas of emphasis:
- The Photomechanical Era
- The Electronic Imaging Upheaval
- Color Printing’s Progress
- The Art-Technology Partnership
Sections at the end of key chapters include image structure enlargements from representative color prints. These show how different structural elements and their configuration contributed to quality refinement over the years. Appendices explain the nature of print quality and the tradeoffs often made between one facet of quality and another.
This book is intended for the technically-curious reader. Graphic arts personnel, color imaging scientists and engineers, historians of technology and amateur producers of color prints will find much to delight, entertain, and perhaps inspire.
Published by The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly and distributed by RIT Press.
About the Author
Gary G. Field is a leading authority on color reproduction and print quality. His contributions to the printing industry in these fields have been widely recognized through such awards as the TAGA Honors Award, the Institute of Printing’s Gold Medal, and the GATF Robert F. Reed Technology Medal.
Publisher: Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (09/2015)
Illustrations: Many, mostly color
Size: 7 x 10.5 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb
Table of Contents
Judging Printed Color Pictures 1
The Artist-Craftsman Foundation 9
Image Structure: Manual Prints 19
The Color Photography Partnership 28
Image Structure: Photographic Prints 37
The Photomechanical Era 47
Image Structure: Photomechanical Imaging 73
Printing Process Evolution and Transition 91
Image Structure: Printing Processes 119
The Electronic Imaging Upheaval 143
Image Structure: Electronic Imaging 165
William Blake Meets Steve Jobs 177
Appendix A: Image Structure Constraints 189
Appendix B: Tone and Color Tradeoffs 195
Appendix C: Human Vision and Aesthetic Preferences 199
Appendix D: Process Color Printing Milestones 203
Name Index 217
Company and Organization Index 219
Subject Index 221
About the Author 228
About the GrCI 229