Category Archives: Prepress

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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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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ISO 3664, OBA’s and Paper

The ISO 3664 lighting standard was meant to give a more realistic simulation of real-world viewing conditions by increasing the amount of activity in UV spectral regions. Mission accomplished; but it has also revealed long-standing issues in proof-press matching that … Continue reading

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“I Just Need One Good Sheet to the Numbers”

For prepress managers, “One good sheet to the numbers” is often all they need to help press operators get better results via corrective plate curves. So why is it so hard to get one?  I take a look at that question … Continue reading

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The New Prep/Press Relationship

After years on opposite sides of the wall, press and prep departments are forging new bonds, and it’s a beautiful thing. Everybody who has seen “Casablanca” at least once (and isn’t that everybody?) remembers the last line of the movie … 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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We’ve Got a Guy Who Does That

A big part of what I do as a color consultant involves helping printers to achieve better quality and efficiency through process control, color management and enhanced communication.  Not all printers understand the need at first, but most do finally … Continue reading

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The 6 P’s of Presswork (It’s not just the pressman)

Hat tip to Brian Lawler  for posting this photo of female press operators at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on his blog. The six P’s of presswork and putting them all together A recent internet discussion asked the question: … 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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The Male Code in the Pressroom

We all know about the Male Code, that collection of  rules that governs the behavior of guys: Always split the lunch bill in two, no matter what, never speak in a public restroom, and never, ever, ever ask for directions. But how about … Continue reading

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