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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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