• Individual pieces of film from the camera or the filmsetter are
into "flats" that place type, artwork, and other page elements
into position for burning the plate.
• One set of flats is made for each color to be printed.
Pages must be stripped into flats for correct imposition.
• A stripper's tools include a light table, razor
blades, tape, "goldenrod" (an opaque mounting material) and a ruler.
Manual stripping is a vanishing art!
• Since layout applications like QuarkXPress and PageMaker build pages
with all elements in place, files created with these programs can be
used to generate fully composed page images. No hand assembly is
• Imposition software such as ImpoStrip can take
PostScript, PDF, or "native" page layout files and automatically
assemble them into the desired positions for plating and printing.