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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.

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Friday flashback: OMG, CMYKOG was such a PITA, YMMV but I’m glad it is AWOL, ROFLOL –

Pantone Hexachrome 6-color printing

Interesting graphic arts sites and blogs

The economy is doing well so printers in Germany have trouble finding new employees. To appeal to the current generation of young professionals BVDM, the German Association of print and media, has started campaigns called ‘Gestochen scharf’ and ‘Perfekt veredelt’. As you can see they clearly target the hipster generation and their (assumed?) love for color and detail.

BVDM campaign to recruit graphic arts professionals

I learned about the above campaign through the newsletter of blokboek.net,  an excellent news site about graphic communication. Other interesting resources are Insights4print by Eddy Hagen and the newsletter and blog of Printindustry.com.

Ad-free?

Ever wondered why there are ads on a site that claims to be ‘a personal notebook about prepress, printing and publishing’? Maybe you forgot that early on the web was largely ad-free. Nowadays Wikipedia seems to be the only place that still adheres to that principle. Here is my story on how blogs and personal websites can use online ads for a good cause.

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Friday flashback: 10 years ahead of your time? Great! Maybe more than 1000 years ahead? Wow! – https://www.prepressure.com/printing/history/bc-1399 #History #Printing

First copper printing plates

Visiting the museum of lithography

I finally managed to visit the ‘Steendrukmuseum’ in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands and snap some pictures of the stoneprinting presses and artwork. The ‘Brisset’ press below is the oldest one on display, built around 1880 in France.

Brisset stoneprinting press

Common PDF issues

Based on the results of a recent GWG survey the page about common PDF issues has been updated. Sadly the main issues that PDF users struggle with are largely the same from the old list created in 2008:

  • Low-res images
  • Incorrect color spaces
  • Missing bleed
  • Missing fonts
  • Transparency issues

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Prepress Pete is tweeting

Friday flashback: I’m still saving up to buy a decent Atlas, $99984 to go to buy one of these –

Earth Platinum - largest atlas

PDF 2.0 has been released

In 2007 Adobe handed over the PDF file format to ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. It took that organization ten years to come up with a new version of the PDF specifications. Earlier this month that finally happened when ISO released PDF 2.0. In the short run this will not have much impact but the new functions will gradually start being used by design and prepress applications. A short description of the new features and improvements can be found on the page about PDF versions.

I for one welcome our new PDF overlords

100 trillion dollar banknote

I knew these existed but have never seen one. The image is a nice addition to the 2008 prepress and printing news page.

100 trillion dollar banknote

Used for too long?

The Boston Globe published an interesting video tribute to the presses and press men at their Dorchester printing plant, which is about to be closed down. While I admire how they managed to keep presses running for over 50 years, you also have to wonder if lack of innovation isn’t part of the problem that so many newspapers face today. During visits to the United States I’ve never been impressed by any of the newspapers I bought or read at hotels. A boring layout, old-fashioned typefaces, coarse screening and lackluster color, that about sums it up. Newspapers can be much more appealing. My own daily newspaper has a spread dedicated to showing pictures around one central theme, which is way more fun than Instagram. The layout often makes excellent use of the available real estate and color is not an afterthought bolted on top of black text. A printed newspaper should be fun to read and I hope their brand-new facilities also allow the Boston Globe to make their newspaper more appealing.

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Friday flashback:  Miniature Bibles were yesteryear’s way of tweeting the holy book – https://www.prepressure.com/printing/history/1700-1799#1727

tiny Biblia bible

The 70 Second Guide to Offset Printing

Two years ago I learned to use Blender, a 3D application. All the students had to make a short movie at the end of the year so I decided to create an animation that would be relevant for this site. It was fun but even though it took my computer ages to render all the frames I wasn’t completely happy with the end result. My movie is too grainy, too grayish and it features a somewhat quirky panning motion. It needs to be redone but this year’s project of learning JavaScript and jQuery kept me from doing so. Finally I decided to just put it on YouTube anyway and maybe update it later. Enjoy!

The bang and interrobang

In his weekly video Frank Romano talks about the bang and interrobang.

Frank Romano video

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Friday flashback: Shipping these new presses might take us ‘a nanosecond or two’ – https://www.prepressure.com/prepress/history/events-2012

Landa nanographic press

New poll: what type of files do you receive?

While awaiting the results of the GWG poll on PDF usage, I decided to reuse one of their questions, just to see if the feedback on this site would be substantially different. Please vote in the poll to the right. The previous poll asked how many visitors still have a printed photo calendar at home.

 

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8 October 2017

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