January 10, 2015 in 

Camera-ready copy (CRC) in publishing refers to text and illustrations which are ready for transfer onto photographic film or paper for printing without extensive typesetting or other preparation processes.

CRC (Composition Ready Copy) is most frequently associated with publishing books and magazines. As opposed to typeset copy, which is created from a manuscript provided by an author or editor and typeset by a typesetter, CRC is created directly by authors or editors using word processing software or desktop publishing applications prior to being sent off for printing.

CRC offers several advantages when submitted directly to printers for printing; one such benefit being reduced time and costs associated with typesetting; this method is particularly cost-effective for short print runs. Unfortunately, however, creating quality CRC requires an author or editor with strong typographic and layout knowledge so as to produce work which is well designed and easy to print.

As part of creating CRCs, there are a few things to keep in mind when creating them:

1. Choose a popular font such as Times New Roman or Arial.

2. Select an easy-to-read font size such as 12 point.

3. Keep the layout straightforward.

4. Create ample margins in order to accommodate for printer’s marks and trimming.

5. Number the pages consecutively.

6. Include a table of contents and index, if desired.

7. Check and proofread the text thoroughly before publishing it.

8. Save the file in an easily accessible format such as PDF or Word.

Once a CRC is created, it can be given to the printer along with your print order and used as guidance by them to produce copies according to CRC specifications.

Camera-ready copy is an integral component of the book printing process, as it ensures all necessary materials have been assembled by the printer to produce your book. Furthermore, this stage gives authors an opportunity to preview what their final product will look like and make any necessary modifications before going to print.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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