The site for prepress & print devotees

Prepressure covers design techniques, PDF, PostScript, fonts, JDF and numerous other prepress topics that have to do with printed communication and graphic arts. This site teams up with, the favorite stake-out of many prepress professionals who regularly visit its forums.

Interest is waning

I’ve been neglecting my site the past few months. The number of visitors has declined sharply in recent years but that cannot be attributed solely to poor site maintenance. Google has a nice trends tool that shows how popular search terms are. Below is the graph for the keyword ‘prepress’ – which peaked in 2004 and has seen a gradual decline ever since. Other terms like ‘offset printing’ show similar results. Searches for ‘postscript’ are now almost non-existent but ‘PDF’ is still getting more popular.
Interest in prepress from 2004 to 2013
The Google tool also shows how the interest in printing related searches is shifting geographically. While searches from the US dominated at the beginning of the century, India has now taken over that role.

More memory

Clients from hell is often funny as hell.

“I tried downloading more RAM, but now my computer won’t work.”

Follow us on Twitter

The local village idiot, also known as Prepress Pete, has been on Twitter for quite some time now. Since he cannot be relied on for any serious messaging, there is now an official Twitter account. If you’re serious about prepress and would like to know when new content appears on this site, please follow us. If you are somewhat less serious, consider following Pete.

Hey, people still read books

During a summer visit to the beautiful Selexyz Dominicanen book store I shot some abstract pictures. Have a look at my moiré shot or this living proof that some people actually still read books.  :-)
Blurry photo or picture of a guy reading a book or magazine

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Saw a #web2print tweet on creating ‘a printready PDF file compatible with RGB and CMYK color printing’. We better stock up on RGB inks NOW!

There is no such thing as paper money

Learned from an EFI tweet: US currency is a fabric that consists of 25% linen and 75% cotton. I already knew money wasn’t printed on paper. I just never realized it was that similar to underwear!

The 2013 color of the year

Emerald (Pantone 17-5641) is the color of the year.

Since 2000 Pantone annually declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. I’ve added this little trivia fact to the pages on the history of prepress.

The poll: How does your company promote itself?

An article in PrintWeek on how to advertise your company for free reminded me that it would make sense to run a poll about the way companies promote themselves.

How does your company promote itself?

  • Own web site (63%, 79 Votes)
  • Facebook (55%, 69 Votes)
  • Print advertising (52%, 66 Votes)
  • Web advertising (42%, 53 Votes)
  • Twitter (37%, 46 Votes)
  • Customer events (31%, 39 Votes)
  • E-mail newsletter (29%, 37 Votes)
  • Linkedin (25%, 32 Votes)
  • Booth at trade shows (25%, 32 Votes)
  • Own Blog (21%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 126

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New terms in the dictionary

Short grain web press – A web press that uses printing plates whose long dimension is along the cilinders.
Ghost bar
– A ghost bar of take-off bar is a rectangular solid line or pattern that is added to a press sheet and trimmed away after printing. It helps equalize ink-laydown on the sheet by extending and evening out the printed area, thus avoiding ink starvation in any one place.
American Quarto
– Outside of North America the ‘Letter‘ page size is known as ‘American Quarto’.
– The process of removing excess vinyl on peel-and-stick vinyl stickers.
– A poster that is integrated into the structure of a bus shelter.

What’s new?

New or reworked pages on drupa, A8, abstracts, 2012, thermography, printing in the 18th century, photochrome prints, selecting a prepress workflow, PDF/VT, the adoption rate of QR codes, Apple Color Emoji and various dictionary terms.

Other prepress & print related sites

- B4Print - the prepress forum for people who like going off-topic once in a while.
- The Print Guide – Gordo’s guidelines to achieve better quality in print.
- InDesignSecrets – The podcasts are even better than the site.

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22 September 2014

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