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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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Should Color Bars be Optimized?

It seems only yesterday that debate raged, or at least quietly burbled, regarding plate curves and color bars. “Should color bars be curved, or should they be linear?” was the question that inquiring minds wanted to know. Happily, that question … Continue reading

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Why Can’t My Offset Printer Match His Own Digital Samples?

The most frustrating continuing problem in the fabric and garment field is color matching. I’m not talking here about matching solid colors in large-scale textile production, which is a separate problem. I mean matching the designer’s intention when printing patterns … Continue reading

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Press Cycles

  By now, if you have been paying attention, you have probably come to realize that an offset printing press cannot be controlled through density alone.  The success of the G7 process has demonstrated that gray balance is the single … Continue reading

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Racing to Success in the Pressroom

  Printing seems like a world apart from the competitive world of NASCAR racing, but a recent conversation with a friend convinced me that the two have something very surprising in common. My friend works in the quality control department … Continue reading

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