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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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