In desktop publishing
, camera-ready refers to the final state of a publication before it is printed. Historically, the term has meant that the copy is ready to be photographed and turned into plates for offset printing
. Increasingly, however, it is possible to print directly from the electronic version, either by sending it to a high-resolution laser printer
or to a special device
that can generate plates directly from electronic elements rather than from photographs. In these cases, therefore, camera-ready means merely that the document
is ready to be printed.