Any and all print related articles I find helpful will be posted to this blog post as I come across them. This post may be amended in the future to add new links.
Print Production Fundamentals, intro | lynda.com – You Tube
Print production: What it is, and how it works | lynda.com – YouTube (Part 2)
New Rules for Printing (2016) (via InDesign Secrets magazine; article by Claudia McCue)
RGB versus CMYK – via printer national
article also describes halftone dots, spot colors, and more
Adobe Illustrator. To check for unnecessary spot colors:
Window > Separations Preview > Overprint Preview
Checking color with the Separations Preview – video tutorial
[With the Separation Preview] you can avoid unexpected spot colors, overprints that don’t overprint, overprinting where you didn’t want it or CMYK blacks in text and placed files. Simply put, this will allow you to see how your job is going to separate and how the colors will print on a press.
Create Separations – via Adobe Help
Illustrator CS4: Using the Separations Preview Panel – via You Tube
Illustrator CC Separations Preview – on Google Books
GCR – Gray Component Replacement
Creating Rich Blacks – via Lynda.com (video tutorial)
Creating a rich black swatch – via Lynda.com (video tutorial)
Rich Black Settings in Photoshop for Large Format Printing – You Tube video
“Understanding the Difference without Using the Nasty Math”
Scanning 101: Setting the Right Resolution – via Creative Pro
with scan calculator at bottom of page
300 ppi (pixels per inch) is sufficient for printing at 133-150 line screen [on coated paper]. Higher PPI may be needed for high line screen (175 lpi or above).
[Uncoated paper: LPI = 133, PPI = 266]
Consult with the PSP (print service provider) to determine proper resolution for your job
Information from Assorted Books, Articles (paraphrased)
Native File Formats
Designers no longer have to rely on EPS or TIFFs, but can send in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop files, or send AI or PSD files in page layout software (such as InDesign)
The printer, not designer, should handle all trapping
Digital Printing v. Offset Litho
More print shops today are using digital, or in addition to offset litho.
Paper choices for digital tends to run smaller. Leave spot colors as Pantone – don’t bother converting them to process colors (i.e., CMYK).
More printers today are able and willing to accept a RGB workflow vs. a CMYK. Ask your printer if they prefer RGB or CMYK
DCS is no longer being used – or not as much
You don’t need to use DCS for spot color channel capability. Put spot color channel in Photoshop, and put the Photoshop native file in InDesign and export as PDF
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign do not handle Photoshop blending modes well.
Solution: create the drop shadow in whatever app you are using (for example, use AI to create drop shadow in AI)
Resolution and LPI
Coated paper: most linescreens are 150 LPI, so an image resolution of 300 PPI is sufficient
Uncoated paper: most linescreens are 133 LPI, so an image resolution of 266 is sufficient
ONLINE RESOLUTION CALCULATORS
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