Solid Backgrounds and Halftone Flood Coat Challenges
We typically have trouble hitting these light halftones because
it only takes a 1% difference in a CMYK build for the color to shift.
Our presses cannot handle the tolerance that is required to keep the
That means 2 things when working with Nonstop Printing:
- It costs significantly more for us to manage these projects. It takes us an average of 3x the amount of time to get our press to the level required to print well. This will drive up the cost of the project.
- If we're printing this project again in the future and you would like the color to be similar to the previous run, we would need the target. It does take us more time to try to color match as well so there would be an additional cost for that as well.
This is a challenge for many print companies so we advise avoiding these type of design elements all together.
Here's an example of color drift that is within our normal print tolerance but that also may not meet our client's expectations. For this project, we are holding a sample for future use and we budget extra time to make the background look consistent from card to card.
CMYK Printing Challenges with Potential Solutions
This guide will teach you the very basics of spot colors. This includes: what is a spot color vs process color why we use spot colors how to check if spot colors are correctly assigned how to make a spot color from scratch What are process colors? In ...
How to restructure CMYK curves uniformly. Great for Black and White Challenges
When were printing black and white images, most of the time we try to convert the image to print black only. This provides a true black while sacrificing saturation and detail. Printing CMYK blacks with challenging images can cause color shifts due ...
Print That Keeps Our Team Up at Night
Borders not encouraged (definitely want them at least .125” to have them look decent) Page numbers/ critical info outside of safe margin> Want to know how to set up your files? Click here Image Cross overs in books - Artwork does not line up ...
How to use the 300% test to check resolution.
We've found that the most accurate way to determine resolution challenges within a file is to do the 300% test. It's a simple 2 step process. Ensure the document size is at the desired final trim size. This step is important. If we receive a file ...
Bleeds, Margins, and Crop Marks
What are crop marks, bleeds, and margins? When we print, we almost never print to the final size of the piece. Instead, we print on a larger sheet of paper and then cut that larger sheet down into the final size. This helps with increased quality and ...