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Printing machines www.heidelberg.com Color Management www.eci.org Photography www.lightworks.gr www.georgetzortzis.com Greek Designer Association www.gda.gr Digital Proofs www.gmgcolor.com ISO 12647-8:2012 www.iso.org Illustration www.mypallette.gr Books www.enploeditions.gr Pantone Colours www.pantone.com ISO 9001:2008 www.iso.org Computer Programs www.infokey.gr www.analysisnet.gr Financial Services www.netserve.gr Magazines www.designmag.gr www.gaonline.gr www.e-typographia.gr www.cmykmag.gr     Useful links

Using gradient on letters on Illustrator

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Today I’ll post another tutorial video by Jeff Witchel. I like his videos because he’s very thorough and he explains everything in a simple way. On this video you’ll see how to use gradient on letters on Illustrator without having to convert it into outline. That can be very helpful, since it is common that […]

Using broken lines on Illustrator

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Today I’m opening a new tab on the blog. I’ll use it to post various tutorials I find interesting. The first post will be a tutorial about using broken lines on Illustrator. Dashes of Stroke Secrets. from Jeff Witchel on Vimeo. I think it’s very interesting, not because I didn’t know about it, but because it gave me many […]

Clothbound and leather-bound book covers

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Clothbound is a cover dressed with cloth Clothbound book with 2-colour hot-foil stamping Notice the details on the cloth   Leather-bound is a cover dressed with leather (original or imitation). Leather-bound cover with gold hot-foil stamping   In both cases, the beauty’s in the material. When using these materials for book covers we mainly want […]

Many-fold printouts

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Hello again! During the summer, the Greek sea and sun kept us apart for a while… along with the work we had after the vacations. But I’m back now, so let’s go on… Today we’ll talk about many-fold printouts. The main difficulty in this type of printed media is – what else? – folding. And […]

Book covers

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Simple cover The simple cover is produced as mentioned on the previous post (see pictures of the previous post – cover, inside cover). Cover with jacket flap The cover with jacket flaps is produced like the simple one, by adding flaps on its right and left sides. Flaps are useful for adding information we want […]

Adhesive binding\ thread sealing binding

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Adhesive is the binding of a leaflet or book by gluing 16 or 8-page signatures on the back of the book (e.g. school books are bound this way). However, this type of binding is not very solid. There is a quite powerful glue that can make them better (PUR) but it’s not widely used in […]

Binding

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Each book, magazine or leaflet with over six pages is sent out to be bound after it’s printed. There are four types of binding: Saddle Stitching Adhesive Thread-sealing Spiral SADDLE STITCHING When we say stitching, we mean binding the printout with two metallic staples on its back. There’s simple saddle stitching and saddle stitching with […]

Proof-check before sending a file out to be printed

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What we have to check before handing in a project We all want our projects to be printed out exactly as we see them on our screens. However, many times, the printouts are far from what we have expected, without it always being the printers’ fault. In any case, we should first be able to […]

Media printed in two languages. Changing just the black fonts.

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Some media is usually printed in two or more languages, but remain otherwise unaltered. In this case we can be economical by printing once in four-colour and then use an extra zinc-plate for each language. There are some things we should be aware of before designing this kind of files. First of all, in order […]

Metal FX technology

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What is Metal FX technology? It’s the printing of multiple metallic colours using only one extra ink. This technology has been used in Greece for the last three years by our company https://www.lyhnia.com and is indeed really interesting. It’s a process through which millions of metallic colours can be printed, with the use of only one […]

Economical paper sizes for printed media

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The most common paper sizes – especially in the Greek market – are 61x86cm and 70x100cm. There are other sizes too, but those two are the most common ones and therefore the cheapest. The 61x86cm size is called A and there are: A1:59x84cm* A2:42x59cm* A3:42x29cm* A4:21x29cm* A5:14.5x21cm* A6:10.5×14.5cm*  The 70x100cm size is called B and […]

A few words about montage

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It’s been a while, but we’re back now! And this time Nikitas Vgontzas, who’s been in charge of montage for 15 years, will help us with the post and explain us some things about montage. On offset printers, we mainly print on A1 (61cm x 86cm) and B1 (70cm x 100cm) sized papers. View previous […]

How can I transfer a Greek text written in the polytonic system (alphabet with many diacritics, multi-accented text) from Quark version older than 6.5

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On a previous post we mentioned the issue of transferring Greek monotonic texts from Quark versions older than 6.5 to any kind of modern program. It’s time to talk about the same issue but in the case of polytonic texts. The transfer of a polytonic text from a Quark 6.5 or older can be accomplished […]

Photograph moiré

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The term originates from moire (moiré in its French adjectival form), a type of textile, traditionally of silk but now also of cotton or synthetic fiber, with a rippled or “watered” appearance. Sometimes, some photographs also develop the moiré effect (like a criss-cross pattern) when they are printed. Moiré pattern There are many factors that […]

Certified digital hard proofs

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In order for a digital hard proof to be certified and reliable (which means accurately reproducible on four-colour printing), it has to meet certain standards and have an authorized certification. The ISO and Fogra certifications are the most reliable – specifically, the ISO Coated 39L or the Fogra protocol. In order for you to identify […]

Pantone colour palettes (follow up)

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On the previous post, we talked about the basic solid-colour pantone palettes. Of course, pantone also provides four-colour palettes: the CMYK pantone palette (coated/uncoated). (on programs they’re referred to as “pantone process coated/uncoated”) Pantone CMYK colour palettes Those palettes let us choose a colour by giving us the exact analogies we have to use to […]

Pantone colour palettes

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There are many kinds of Pantone palettes. Most programs have embedded those palettes and you can choose colours through them. Pantones two basic colour palettes (coated – uncoated) But which is the best choice each time? Solid colours: These colours are not produced through four-colour printing, but through solid inks placed in the machine. For […]

Colour Accuracy

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According to the poll, colour accuracy is what most of us are concerned with when it comes to printouts. Indeed, perfect colour accuracy depends on many factors and that’s why it’s one of the biggest printing issues. But let’s start with the basics. How can we tell if colours are accurate? By checking on the […]

ISO-based PDF export

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Today we’ll talk about proper PDF export. As I mentioned on the previous post, it’s essential to set up our file in the correct format. The file dimensions must be the exact ones we want our final trimmed product to have. We must also leave an at least 3mm bleed edge and check all photos […]

Tips for spell checks

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We all know that some small – or big – grammar and spelling mistakes are almost never possible to completely avoid… We all have also had to deal with mistakes that our clients failed to correct or that we didn’t realize they had corrected. We should therefore clarify with our clients up-front that spell checks […]

Why do I need certified digital hard-copy proofs?

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What are digital hard-copy proofs? They are digital printouts on a standard inject printer, which is regularly calibrated, so that it can print with high colour accuracy (almost 100%). What are certified digital hard-copy proofs for? In the case of offset printing, colour performance depends on various factors, like whether the file has been properly […]

 
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