Print job

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A print job is an order to create a print product . This order can be sent to a printer or from a computer system to a printer .


A print job contains at least the information about the content (text) and the basic layout of the desired end product. Of course, a print job can include a large number of other attributes such as the quantity to be printed, the paper or medium to be used, as well as logos and images to be used .

While the print product does not have to differ fundamentally, the forms of commissioning from a person or institution to a printing company are fundamentally different from that of a computer to a connected printer. A few years ago, the typesetter was responsible for implementing the client's ideas, but that has largely changed with the spread of computers. Regardless of the form of the order placed, the processing of customer requests in the so-called prepress stage is created with the help of EDP, verified in a test print and, after approval, transferred to a printing system or the actual print shop.


A distinction must be made between placing the order, depending on whether it is manually handed over to a printer or typesetter, media designer and equivalent specialists OR whether it is transmitted from a computer to an automatic printing system using data transmission protocols.


The customer submits his documents, copies and sketches, drawings or photos to the specialist and describes the intended use and planned distribution of the product to the consultant. Quite often he will refer to role models and examples. The task of the specialist is now to show the possibilities of implementation together with the client and to bring them into line with the budget or budget . To do this, he uses templates and references that are intended to illustrate the possible result to the customer.

For more complex work and large print runs , the designer will create a test print and have the client countersign it. Such a procedure is mandatory, especially when integrating images of different origins and quality or scans you have brought with you .

When placing the order, the quantity and quality of the print medium as well as the revised text and content must be specified. In addition, as a rule (main) font and font style and ink and thickness vote.


Automatic - in this sense, computer-aided - print jobs are much more restrictive in form. In order to ensure a clean output, the computer and printer must agree on a protocol and adhere to it. All elements to be printed must already be available in the form of electronic data and are compiled by the operator using suitable software.

In the simplest and most original form, characters to be printed are coded in a character set known to both systems and transmitted sequentially. The first additional option was printer control using special printer languages, such as B. Epson ESC / P 2 or IBM Proprinter. These protocols, for which many other companies created emulations , can not only display information, but also mark sections of script with various attributes; this includes the font and font size , highlighting such as bold , italic and underlined as well as other options for customizing the printout depending on the printing system.

Ultimately and now predominantly used are page description languages such as the widespread Postscript , which not only controls all font attributes, but also enables expanded forms of placement and design of text elements. Ultimately, Colorscript enables high-quality printouts that raise the printed pages created by desktop publishing systems to a professional level.