in photo-offset reproduction, copy suitable to be photographed by the camera. Copy should be clean, flat, and printed in dark ink. Screened areas, pantographs, light ink, or show-through from back copy normally render copy unsuitable for camera.
The final image composition of line art, photographs, text and other graphic elements laid out in the size, position, and color they will be when reproduced on film or paper. Camera-ready copy can be created digitally with a computer system or manually with a paste-up board. Other Term: camera-ready art.
Anything that is suitable for photographic reproduction in a book orjournal without the need for typesetting. Authors often supply complicated formulas, chemical structures, flowcharts, etc. as camera-ready copy to avoid the necessity of proofreading and the danger of error in typesetting.