updated 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
In this dust-free facility, 12 specialists turn photographs into high-resolution digital "scans." They then merge the photos with text to make an exact electronic reproduction of the finished page. "With Art and Imaging working side by side, the closings are less frantic," says art director John Shecut Jr., who was so impressed with Imaging's first test run last year (the Betty Rollin cover, Jan. 20) that he immediately approved it for transmission to our eight printing plants.
Scitex also speeds production and creates pages for WHO WEEKLY, the Australian version of PEOPLE. (It can also superimpose images, as in the portraits above.) "With so much flexibility, we can experiment more," says editorial operations director Sarah Brody, adding that more last-minute photos can now be used. "The great thing is we still haven't fully used all the technology available," says Shecut. Thanks to our Imaging wizards, we'll be looking better every step of the way.