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  1. Dario

    Duotone ... how?

    Hi all! This is not strictly 'color management' but... The other day I faced an issue while my press man colleague was printing a B&W image - the issue was I remembered that in the old days (20 years ago, on 2 color presses) I/we used to create a custom duotone from B&W images using Photoshop...
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    processless ...or not?

    I'd like to know which kind of ctp plates are used by the world - processless or not? Then if you also want to leave a comment about brand, the "why", pros&cons, etc... Press operators all welcome!
  3. Dario

    Pantone: + or not?

    HI! What are the differences between PANTONE+ and NOT PLUS ? I guess the plus is older than V4 - the CMYK values are different too ...but what else?
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    How to explain "overprint" to dumb clients?

    Hi all! I'm trying to explain to: Customer care colleagues, sales agents, ignorant customers ...the importance of activating "overprint preview" in Acrobat, but all of them can't even think in terms of ink overlays, so they don't understand. I'm looking for a metaphor, or an analogy, to try to...
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    Hi Folks! Here are some "white" elements on a black background. If you open the PDF using OsX Preview then you can see them, otherwise not. But they are not the usual "white overprint"! I can't figure out how they are made! How about you?
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    How are ICCs going on design?

    (I hope the choice to put this poll here to be wise enough) This question raised from the fact that designers continue to send us jobs without knowing what an ICC profil is. So what is your experience on it? Mine is wide... They give us file using all the options I set in the poll. For...
  7. Dario

    ILLUSTRATOR lost font

    Have you ever opened a file in ILLUSTRATOR and then, after saving it as AI+PDF, realized that some font had not been embedded correctly? And then, simply by opening and resaving, the problem disappeared?
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    ISO 20654

    Generally speaking about printing spot inks screens... How do you deal with it? Do you use ISO 20654 somehow? Do you press-proof every spot ink before running tha actual job? A single TVI curve for everything? What else? ... Whatever to talk about is well accepted! :)
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    "white base: absolute" ?

    Hi there! A client of ours sent us his color reading specs where you can also read: "white base: absolute" (see screenshot). Pity my English is not so skilled! How do you interpret that? The actual substrate must be white? Or there must be a white backing under the measured sample? Or what...
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    Speaking behind Pantone's back

    Just yesterday a customer complained because he asked us to print the Pantone xyz C: our press-man did it, but the paper was not the same as the colorguide, so the result was not what the customer expected. (I was not involved before, otherwise I would have seen this bitch coming!). Until a few...
  11. Dario

    cxf freeware ?

    Is there some freeware to play around with cxf files? Osx? Win? Something free, to read files, to read lab or spectral values by i1pro, to save files, ... ...because I have the very old hardware, but the very old software ain't supported no more by new Os!
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    revive old i1Pro

    Hello there, I've inherited an old i1Pro device and now I'm trying to revive it. I've already installed i1share_v1.4 on a Win7 PC and now I'm trying to link it but the right driver seems missing. The auto-update driver feat doesn't work (it IS old!) Maybe should I link it to an older WinXP? Any...
  13. Dario

    Which dot shape?

    (just a poll) Which dot shape to prefer in offset printing? ...and why? Somebody told me Euclidean, some other said Round, etc. (this image is just an example)
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    How to Pantone on colored papers?

    Hi there, I'd like to ask you about your working methods... I have clients that come here asking to print some XYZ Pantone on yellowish, or blueish, or grayish papers (not the white one used in the color guides)... Maybe the Pantone they ask for is "C" and the colored paper is kind of "U" too...
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    n-channel ICC profiles

    Hello there, just for testing purposes, I'm looking for some multichannel - or n-channel - ICC profiles. Is there anybody who could help me? :)
  16. Dario

    TVI curves from print sample

    Hello there!! A client gave us his file and his printed proof. The design is built on 6 custom inks (or spot colours) - see image. They are not the usual CMYK. Luckily both print and file have the same color bar - 100-80-40-20%. The goal is to print 6 plates to let our pressman do the job...
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    PANTONE vs CMYK gamut checker

    Hello there, I need to strip some spot color from a multi inks job, so I'd like to find the ones with the smaller DeltaE compared to its cmyk equivalent. is there a quick way to check the deltaE between a spot color and its nearest cmyk (e.g. Fogra39) equivalent? Given a spot color, I'd like to...
  18. Dario

    from tif separations to pdf composite

    Hello there, which is the 'best' stand alone software to combine pre-separated tif1bit to a colorful composite pdf? I need to export a file for printing and checking. We tried use Esko Automation Engine but the result is awful - I've got a better outcome merging them in Photoshop!
  19. Dario

    Plate developer machine and hard water issue

    Hello there! What if you - like me - live in a VERY hard water area and have to deal with your CTP plates? The problem is deposits on the rinse machine. We already have some decalcifying stuff but it's not enough! What about put some kind of anti limescale into the rinse water close cirquit...
  20. Dario

    Glue flaps barcode check

    Hello there, I'm going to talk about this: It's that barcode you put on the glue flap, for misprint detection and to avoid packs mixing up. I don't really know how to properly call it in English. My question is: do you know something to check the barcodes...

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