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.
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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!
A look back at 2012
Drupa, Benny Landa, Kodak’s bankruptcy and the cloud – they all get mentioned in my review of the year 2012 in graphic arts.
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
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
New terms in the dictionary
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’.
Weeding – The process of removing excess vinyl on peel-and-stick vinyl stickers.
Adshel – A poster that is integrated into the structure of a bus shelter.
FSC and PEFC – Certificates which guarantee that the wood pulp used to produce paper is from sustainably managed forests.
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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