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AM proofs and FM Presses: Resolving the Differences: Part 3 of 3

FM screening is prized by high-quality printers because of the enhanced detail and expanded midrange color gamut it offers, but color matching to a conventional proof can be frustrating. Even though modern inkjet proofs use FM screening and show no … Continue reading

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AM Proofs and FM Presses: Resolving the Color Differences-part 2 of 3

The first installment of this series showed why offset printing using FM screening cannot completely match proofs based on a conventional AM-based GRACoL proof. The mismatch can’t be fixed with curves, but it can be resolved with device-link profiles. We … Continue reading

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AM proofs and FM Presses: Resolving the Color Differences Part 1 of 3

FM screening makes it possible to create printing of ultra-premium quality: not only does it result in a print with no visible dots, but it also creates colors with greater purity and saturation, particularly in the quarter to middle tone … Continue reading

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Color Patches for Beginners: A Process Control Primer (Warning: Not for Color Geeks)

  Most of us are looking at a lot more color patches than we were just a few years ago, and we’re paying more attention to what we see; but which color bar is right? What are all these different … Continue reading

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The Hard Problem of Expanded Gamut Printing

  Expanded gamut is the buzz of the year, with endless discussions of the fine technical points of EG printing; but in the flurry of details, we may be ignoring the hard problem of expanded gamut printing: consistent process control. … Continue reading

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Fingerprint Fails

Why Fingerprinting Your Press May be the Worst Idea Ever Ever since printers became aware of standards and specifications, press fingerprinting-AKA press characterization-has been the gold standard for printers who care about standards and want to optimize their printing process; most often … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons for Printing and Buying Print to Standards

Not all printers love standards: Some like to think that they already print “beyond” the standards; others feel that printing to standards is an unnecessary burden that gets in the way of production. Here’s why printing and buying to standards … Continue reading

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They Never Go Out to Lunch Together

I was talking about press and prep issues the other day with my friend Larry Erwin, a trade veteran with 40 years of experience in and around pressrooms, and I mentioned to him that I thought that communication between press … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes Top 5 Print Tips

The great detective had a good deal to say that applies to printers, and anyone who wants to improve color quality and reduce waste could learn a good deal from mister Sherlock Holmes. Holmes Print Tip #1: “It is a … Continue reading

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How Many Colors Do You Need?

Most printers and print buyers are familiar with color bars used to maintain quality, but how many color patches do you really need? And which ones? How do we find the balance between not enough information and too much? The … Continue reading

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Print and Brand Identity. Why Don’t We Analyze?

Brand owner used analytics to establish their color image. So why don’t they do the same to maintain the integrity of their printed colors? Marketing is one of the most analytics-driven activities imaginable, yet even with powerful color reporting now … Continue reading

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What If the Construction Business Were Run Like the Printing Business?

As graphic arts professionals, we think of ourselves as technically savvy. But are we really as sophisticated as construction workers? The role of management in a process control program is complicated because, despite lip-service to standards, there is such a … Continue reading

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Will This Year’s Process Control Resolutions Last?

One of the most frequent calls I get is from printers who have had great success with process control but now find it slipping away from them as they drift back to old habits. In the grind of deadline production … Continue reading

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Still Waiting for that Aha! moment

Everybody has heard about printing to specifications, but many printers still haven’t had any sudden flashes of inspiration over it. Are they missing something, or is printing to specs more a pain in the *** than anything? Everyone has had, … Continue reading

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The Quality Paradox: When High-End Printers Struggle with Standards

We know why average printers struggle with standards and consistency; but why do the highest-quality printers sometimes find the same issues so challenging? It’s easy to understand why mediocre printers have difficulty hitting print standards. They frequently lack the required … Continue reading

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