Brilliant colors true to the original on a premium surface – that ̓s what distinguishes a high-quality print product. Many elements in prepress and printing impact on a product ̓s color fidelity. The various input and output units in a print shop ̓s production process, consumables and other factors can cause deviations in color. A consistently employed color management system eliminates this problem.

In this series of blog tips we ̓ll show you the most common sources of error and give you tips on color management. We ̓re pleased to have caught your interest.

Requirements

To ensure successful color management, certain requirements must be met and work steps followed beforehand:

1. Once an order has been accepted, the data must be checked:

• Image resolution 304.8 dpi@150 lpi

• Chromaticity 4c + possibly special colors

• File format PDF X3

• Fonts should be embedded

2. Printing plates are initially linearized:

• Tonal values are transferred 1:1. 50% in the file corresponds to 50% on the printing plate.

3. Computer to plate (CtP) is recommended for an ideal transfer of tonal values.

4. An ideally set printing press and standardized work are essential! The printing press must be maintained and set according to Manufacturer guidelines.

5. The climate of the pressroom and paper storeroom must be kept constant.

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