Camera-ready, final layout of all elements of a work to be reproduced through a commercial printing process. It is a pasteup of the typeset text and images on a sheet of paperboard, usually with a clear sheet (called overlay) used as the top cover on which directions for the printshop (printery) may be written. It is used where a computer generated artwork is not available. Also called mechanical art or pasteup.

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  • The process of film making can become very mechanical and not very artistic if there are too many people on the set.

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  • Before the design firm printed the new brochures, the company executives wanted to examine the mechanical once more to finalize the color choices.

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  • Sometimes going through a business day can feel like a mechanical process but staying consistent will keep you prepared for anything.

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