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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.

Emoji and print

You may find them ridiculous but since emoji characters are part of the Unicode standard, fonts increasingly support these icons. I was curious how many of the thousands of icons somehow relate to the printing industry. There is obviously a printer icon but also a nice range of print products. Stationery, newspapers, books, currency or maps: they are all there. Below you see the Apple version.

print products icons

I also looked for icons that depict the trade. At first, I could not find any but then it hit me: they are hidden in plain sight! The committee that decides on these emojis did take our business serious and they provided emojis for both file delivery and prepress!

prepress icon

Best wishes for the new year

Keep those presses busy! While they are at it, take your time to have a look at what happened in 2016.

Diorama from the Boston public library

Old prints

I like old prints, such as photochroms, so it was a pleasant surprise to stumble across the card below. The ‘Actien Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation’ will celebrate its 150’th birthday next year. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell: you might know the company by its abbreviated name, Agfa.

Agfa photochrome print

Fold of the week

‘Fold of the week’ is a series of videos in which Trish Witkowski shares folding samples and production tips. In the video below a wrapped waterfall booklet is discussed. There are nearly 400 other videos about folded brochures, leaflets, cards, maps and other products in the Foldfactory YouTube channel.


The world’s largest cardboard box

Packaging company Smurfit Kappa used 3000 staples, 100 meters of double-sided tape and over 4000 m² of cardboard for the construction of the world’s largest box. It measured 40 x 20 x 20 meters and weighted 1400 kg.

Worlds largest cardboard box

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New terms in the dictionary

Acid-free paper – Paper containing no acidity or acid producing chemicals. Acid-free paper degrades less over time than acidic papers.
– Abbreviation for Direct To Garment, the process of printing directly on T-shirts and other clothing. This is typically done using inkjet technology.
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.

What’s new?

New or reworked pages on 2016 prepress and printing news, offset inks, WordPress CPU load, vellum, printing currency, print trivia, 2015 prepress and printing news, the preflight poll, offset lithography, and various dictionary terms.

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12 January 2017

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