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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.

Interesting reads

Recently I read two white papers that I really liked, which is rare since so many of these documents nowadays get written by content marketing companies who don’t really have any expertise in the subject they are covering.

  • Do PDF/VT right‘ is written by Martin Bailey of Global Graphics. This guide is useful for anyone working on or interested in variable data processing.
  • Differences between the GWG 1v4 and 2015 specifications‘ sounds boring but this is a very readable overview of how preflight requirements have changed in the past few years. It was written by David van Driessche as part of the documentation for the new Ghent Workgroup preflight specifications.

How printing plates are made

This movie shows all the steps in manufacturing aluminium printing plates, from mining bauxite to packaging the final product.

Print, big and small

Recently a couple of oddly sized printed publications caught my eye. This is the world’s biggest ever magazine, created by marketing agency The River Group and printing company Polestar. This issue of Healthy magazine measures 3.05 by 2.35 meter.

Printed by Polestar

This 18.27 by 25.35 millimeter newspaper, printed by Hungary’s Kner Press, is however at least as interesting. Usually it are bibles that get printed this small. (Photo: EPA)

Printed by Kner Press

Moving back to big publications: the Klencke Atlas is the world’s biggest atlas, measuring 1.78 by 1.05 meters. The British Library owns this 350-year-old book.

World's largest atlas

A more recent big geography-related book is ‘Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Himalayan Kingdom’. According to Guinness World Records it isthe largest commercial book ever published.

World's largest commercially printed book

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Acrobat DC? On one of my systems the DC stands for ‘Daily Crashes’!

The umbrella newspaper

Extra,  the most popular newspaper in Ecuador, always experiences a sales drop during the rainy season. To avoid the problem of soggy newspapers they ran an experiment by laminating the front and back pages of the newspaper during those months. Not only did the pages remain intact and readable during the rainstorms, but the newspaper could also be used as an umbrella. Apparently this lead to a 12% increase in circulation and 16% more ad sales. More information can be found in this drupa blog article.

Extra prints laminated cover pages during the rainy season in Equador

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Now that is a nice signature: “What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind”

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New terms in the dictionary

Scratch off printing – the process of applying a foil to specific areas of a document. The foil can be removed with the edge of a coin or a fingernail to reveal the information printed beneath it. The process is often used on giveaway and contest printed materials, such as lottery tickets.
Short grain web press – A web press that uses printing plates whose long dimension is along the cylinders.
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.

What’s new?

New or reworked pages on the preflight pollcommon PDF issues2015 prepress news, offset lithography2014 prepress news, Xiaomi Mi2s, RAID, drupa, A8, abstracts, 2012 and various dictionary terms.

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1 February 2016

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