Foundations in Graphic Communications: Checking Color Proofs

New York City College Of Technology
Advertising Design & Graphic Arts: NYCCT

The Course At A Glance

Foundations In Graphic Communications
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SHEET SIZES are given as width times length: a 25x38" sheet is 25 inches wide and 38 inches long. In North America, paper sizes are based upon the standard 8 1/2 x 11" sheet, universally used in photocopiers, fax machines, and laser printers.

Larger sheets are multiples of basic size. For example, an 11 x 17" sheet is two 8 1/2 x 11" sheets side by side. Above 17 x 22", the multiples aren't exact because extra space is allowed for gripper edges, trims, bleeds, and color bars.

COMMONLY USED SHEET SIZES and their typical products include:

• 11 x 17" for letterhead (printed two-up), four-page newsletters, and covers for 8 1/2 x 11" booklets.

• 17 x 22" for four-up letterhead, accordion- folded brochures, and eight-page newsletters.

• 25 x 35" for 16-page signatures with no bleeds, small trims, and narrow color bars.

• 25 x 38" for 16-page signatures with bleeds, large trim areas, wide color bars, and bindery margins (called "laps").

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