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How does paper go through a press?

Even after over 30 years in print, watching a press running can be fascinating. You stand at one end of the press, and see how the sheets are lifted and then moved into the first print head. You walk along the press, … Continue reading

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What is the difference between offset printing and digital printing?

Years ago, digital printing was thought of as the evil stepchild to the more sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing method of offset (or litho) printing.  With the advances in digital press technology, from the way the image is printed to the paper, … Continue reading

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Tips for creating rich black

I had an friend of mine on Twitter ask me about rich black.  Some of you may be asking “uh, what is that?” Well, time for a quick tutorial. WHAT IS “RICH BLACK” Rich black, simply, is the process of … Continue reading

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What is DPI? Print vocabulary for the non-printer, part 2

So, last week we covered several print vocabulary words.  Let’s finish off the list this week. Pencils out….. Perfect binding – The process of taking folded press forms and binding them into a single cover, like a paperback book. With this … Continue reading

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What is DPI? Print vocabulary for the non-printer, part 1

When you talk to your printer, do you need a dictionary in front of you?  Do terms like “PMS” or “matte coated cover” confuse you?  Let’s start off the year with some basic print vocabulary.  OK, class, pencils out….. CMYK … Continue reading

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When the ink hits the sheet…

One thing I have discovered after 3 decades in print: no matter how good the technology is, it still comes down to ink-on-paper. The other day I had a press check on a job in which we needed to get … Continue reading

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The Value of Starting at the Bottom

I sat at my desk this evening, trying to think of something wonderful to write.  I had planned on starting a series about various facets of post-press finishing, but after Christine Alexander of the blog “dreaming in cmyk” wrote about various … Continue reading

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