Esko Powertrapper

Macmann

Well-known member
We recently had a project that went bad on press due to a missed area of trap. The job was made up of all spot colors. Esko's Powertrapper was used and usually works well. The design was very complex, incurring over 500 trapping instances. One lone area did not trap and we made scrap. What are others doing, short of visually going through every square inch, to verify you have a properly trapped file? Is there a way to have Esko flag areas of potential trouble?
 

xmoles

Active member
Hi

Can you load pdf file?

Can you check what is the best option in the configuration powertrapp?
 

Macmann

Well-known member
Sorry I can't post pdf-design hasn't been released yet. I was hoping there was a way in viewer or automation engine to flag or highlight-kind of like a thin parts situation where it flashes areas of an issue.
 

schenkadere

Well-known member
Hard to say without seeing the example. I usually have an idea of which areas may be problematic from a trapping standpoint and focus in on those areas for the check. If it's a gap problem, that field is adjustable. May just take some experimentation...unfortunately a bit too late in this case.
 

Macmann

Well-known member
Thanks schenkadere. That's how I approach it as well. Management is convinced there is an automated solution that would have caught this and why weren't we using it. Unfortunately, a visual inspection is often the only way to catch these issues.
 

schenkadere

Well-known member
There's no 100% method for perfect auto trap once there's masked images, complicated blends, gradient mesh, document effects, etc. Inspection on that level would need a dedicated QC person or operators would never get anything done.
 

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