Hybrid screening has been around in workflows since the late 1990s. In 2003, Creo (now Kodak) introduced new technology for flexography for print-related issues, called Prinergy. Prinergy’s approach was to design software screening technology to address CTP and any plate limitations on image quality.
However, limitations in CTP and plate technology limited the use of hybrid screening to certain printers with certain types of artwork. Prepress operators had to sort through artwork color by color and apply screening object by object to enable drop shadows to fade to zero, while not making pictorial images appear too grainy.
Michael will show how modern workflow solutions can take away the manual touch points for applying this screening in an automatic fashion.
Quality control in the printing industry is as much about waste reduction as it is about visual appearance. In many cases, both of these attributes are more cost effectively optimized through prepress technology than press technology.
Two specific prepress technologies that have proven to increase print quality are Crystal Screening and LED Plate Exposure. Mark will review the science behind these technologies, then present real-world case studies of four converters using these technologies in production.