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Prepress 101 – Preparing Files for Print

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Prepress is a term used in the printing industry, which refers to a process of making sure a job is correctly prepared for printing. The prepress process involves preflight, Mac file manipulation, proofing and plating. Effective prepress production allows for catching errors that could hold up the job on press. The first step in prepress production is preflight. Preflight is the process of confirming that the digital files (fonts, artwork,…

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What is Dot Gain?

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Dot gain is often also referred to as TVI (Tonal Value Increase). It is a printing phenomenon, which occurs in offset lithography that causes the small halftone dots that make up an image to grow in size during the printing process. Dot gain is caused by halftone dots growing in size between the original printing plate and the final printed sheet. The image above illustrates this— the original halftone dot (dark…

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Demystifying 2d Codes

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If you’ve worked with linear bar codes, you’re more familiar with 2d codes than you may think. Quiet Zone: Barcodes require a sufficient quiet zone, and 2d codes do, too. The rule of thumb is to have a minimum white border equal to the width of two (and up to four) modules around all four sides.The old saying is true—the more things change, the more they stay the same. Similar…

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Working with 2d Codes

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Working with 2d codes is easy, and requires essentially two components―a 2d code generator to create the code and a 2d code reader app to scan and resolve the code. How 2d Codes Work 1. A 2d code is created with a 2d code generator and incorporated into some print collateral. 2. A smart phone with a QR reader app is used to scan (take a picture) of the 2d…

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Offset Printing 101

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Offset printing is a printing technique where an inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a blanket, then to the paper. The lithographic process is based on the repulsion of oil and water; the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (“fountain solution”), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free. In very basic terms:   A printing plate (with a positive…

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