Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing Print Production
Video: Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing Print ProductionProofing spot and special-mix colors before printing provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Claudia McCue as part of the Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Claudia McCue as part of the Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
While most printing today is accomplished via a four-color process, there is a wide range of practical and creative options available when you add an additional color or varnish. This course teaches how these additional colors are made and shows some examples of finished projects that use these colors. Author Claudia McCue also dives directly into Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other creative apps and shows how to build documents correctly for printing.
- Why spot colors are necessary
- Making a decision between spot and process colors
- Choosing a spot color
- Understanding the effects of stock on color
- Printing spot colors digitally
- Using varnishes
- Creating a multi-tone image in Photoshop
- Adding Pantone color swatches to Illustrator
- Creating spot varnishes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
- Using preflight profiles in Acrobat
Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing
After the ink has been mixed, it needs to be tested with something called a draw down. Now a draw down just involves sort of a miniature version of printing the ink on press. Now he's loading up that brayer, so that he gets a uniform coverage. He applies it to the platten, makes sure that he has adequate ink coverage. And after years of doing this, he knows when it's right, and now what he's going to do is he's going to transfer that ink to the blanket, bring it over and apply it to the paper. So, this means that the coverage of the ink on the paper is at the same thickness, that would be achieved on press.
And if that's correct then he knows he's mixed that ink correctly. (SOUND) Now he's comparing Pantone formula guide. Which is used as the ink reference to that drawdown sample. And if it matches under that control lighting, he knows that, that ink is correct. And that means it's ready to send to the pressman and start running the job.
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