Here are a few different images of make-ready sheets shot on press by Marquand Senior Designer John Hubbard. Make-ready sheets are the result of running paper through a printing press in order to align its plates. This helps achieve the right balance of plate pressure and ink density to match the client’s color proofs.
(Captions clockwise, from top left)
A typical sight at a book printing plant, this ready-made includes a standard test press sheet with color bars and gradients used to test the press and calibrate plate curves.
Detail of a make-ready made sheet from Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence 2000, designed by Marquand Books for UW Press.
Discarded offset printing rubber blanket from a sheet of random images sent for wet printing, 2000.
Make-ready from Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar 2000, designed by Marquand Books for MFA Boston.