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The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art?

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What is Preseparated Art? An introduction to the concept of preseparated art.

The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

VIDEO: Ava Weiss introduces preseparated art.

The Printing Press and the Halftone Process An explanation of how books are created using a printing press, and how continuous tone illustrations are reproduced using a process known as halftoning.

Stonewall by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

VIDEO: Paul Zelinsky explains the printing press.

Color Separations A look at how color separations were used to create a simple two color illustrations.

The Wonderful Egg by Dahlov Ipcar

Key Plate, Overlays, and Flat Tints A look at a how three color book was made using preseparated art, with definitions of the important terms key plate, overlays, and flat tints.

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie de Paola

Register Marks and Overprinting A look at another three color book, with a discussion of register marks and overprinting.

I'll Fix Anthony by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Arnold Lobel

VIDEO: Ariane Dewey and Paul Zelinsky explain register marks.

Full Color Preseparated Art: Process Colors A description of how process colors can be overprinted to create new colors, and a look at how this concept could be used to create full color artwork using four color separations.

Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

VIDEO: Ariane Dewey discusses how she made Gregory, the Terrible Eater with Ava Weiss and Paul Zelinsky.

VIDEO: Ms. Dewey used a color chart to select the colors she wanted in the printed book and relied on detailed notes for the more complicated areas of the illustration.

Full Color Camera Separated Art A look at how full color artwork was reproduced using a costly camera separation process when preseparated art was not created.

Where Are You Going, Little Mouse? by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

VIDEO: Ava Weiss and Paul Zelinsky explain why most children's books were preseparated.

Lithography A look at the traditional stone lithography technique and how it was used to create a piece of four color preseparated artwork for reproduction on a modern offset lithographic printing press.

The Terrible Troll Bird by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire

VIDEO: Paul Zelinsky and Ava Weiss explain stone lithography.

Relief Printing A look relief printing techniques such as woodcuts and linoleum cuts and how these methods can be used to create full color preseparated artwork for reproduction on a modern offset lithographic printing press.

A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley

Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Stephen Savage

VIDEO: Stephen Savage demonstrates how he used relief printing with linoleum blocks to create the illustrations for the book Polar Bear Morning.

Looking Back A look at how preseparated art continues to influence modern children's book illustrations long after it stopped being used as a production technique.

My Hands by Aliki

VIDEO: Paul Zelinsky and Ariane Dewey discuss the resurgent aesthetic style associated with pre-separated art.