Design and Artwork

A small team helps develop designs for our customers, using COREL DRAW and PHOTOSHOP. This work is limited to designs from samples provided with small modification and includes fresh layouts.

Whenever required, photography is undertaken to suit the customers needs and designs are outsourced to artists who have the flair for creativity.

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Scanning and Colour Correction

Copying an image is the first step in the reproduction process. Earlier, this was done with the help of a camera. Advancement in technology has made possible, for images to be captured and stored digitally. Scanning is one such method. This process uses a light source to throw light on a reflective original or through a transparency. The reflected/transmitted light is directed through a filter on to photocells that capture the image with the help of photo multiplier tubes or CCD devices.

There are two modes of scanning - RGB or CMYK.

Scanning involves the throwing of light sequentially over the entire surface area of the image to be captured. Modern software allows the image to be captured in parts and then stitched together. We can do this to an extent.

We have a CROSFIELD DRUM SCANNER capable of scanning images up to 20” X 24” in high resolution of 3600 dpi per colour. Scanning is generally done in the CMYK mode. Scanning of images on this equipment gives accurate colour reproduction:

  • It uses photo multiplier tubes to sense the colours, emerging through the filters. Photo multipliers tubes have a truer colour sense, and are consistent in their performance.
  • A pulse xenon light source provides consistent daylight type light throughout its life. It does not change colour, due to ageing of other light source. The colour temperature of this light source remains constant throughout its life. This eliminates the necessity to recalibrate colour required due to ageing of halogen lamps used in most drum scanners.
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Colour Separation

Natural Daylight is normally white. This is considered to have a colour temperature of 6500K. This light produces a rainbow or spectrum known as VIBGYOR when broken down. The visible spectrum is between 390 and 780 nanometres. This light is from a direct emitting source. We generally see light reflected from a printed sheet.

Over the years printing has evolved, and at present, C, M, Y and Bk is used in printing of multicolour images. The addition of colour on the substrate makes it darker and printing of darker C, M, Y and BK will tend to make a picture look darker in print, leading towards dark brown and black.

Colour Seperation involves the seperation of the basic colours C, M, Y and Bk from a multicolour image and translating it into a screened image consisting of dots. Only after this, it be used in the printing process.

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Photo Editing

The art of colour correction has been perfected to provide the right balance required. Different printing processes have their own peculiarities that affect the printed result adversely. The focus is on treating the images individually to produce the best results, keeping the printing method and capability of the press in mind.

Whenever a printer works with us closely, we go further in perfecting the colour correction with a particular set of inks used by him and governing the press printing conditions. This calls for testing, checking, calibrating and monitoring to provide consistency of results, over a period of time.

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Proofing

A Cromalin proofing system is available for customers, who want to preview the print results to assure themselves of the print quality they should expect, on print. Pre-calibrating the press to standards suggested by us and maintaining them, helps in providing better results.

Soft Proofing

We use the PDF (Portable Document Format) format for sharing previews of our work with our customers. The PDF format has developed into a reliable system of transferring files over different devices and platforms, over the years. Still more remains to be done to make this into a precise and perfect system that allows everyone to see the files in exactly the same manner and colour.

PS Proof

We have a special software that allows taking a digital printout as a calibrated proof that will be similar to the printed result. Colours used in Inkjet / LaserJet printers are not exactly the same as printing inks and any calibration will be limited to this extent.

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Imposition of Digital Files

Digital files created on PC can be imposed with software available with us. An imposition requirement has to be intimated in advance, prior to sending the job.

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Film Output

4 thou and 7 thou films can be output with density ranging from 2.5 to over 5.0 in resolutions up to 3600 dpi / colour and or 290 / 400 lpi. Both hard dot and soft dot emulsion films can be provided, depending on customer requirement.

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Digital Page Assembly

The use of latest PCs and Macs on an internal high-speed LAN network provides for smooth transition of work for a broad spectrum, irrespective of the nature of work. It is our endeavour to keep upgrading our hardware and software installations, to support our customers better.

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Software Supported
 
PC Mac RIPs
Corel Graphics Suite V11.0
Adobe PhotoShop V6.0
Adobe Illustrator V9.0
Adobe PageMaker V6.5
Adobe Creative Suite
Esko Graphics PackEdge V3.0
Adobe Illustrator V10.0
Adobe Photoshop V7.0
FLEXRIP V5.1
TORRENT V5.3 Revision 2
EAGLE RIP V2.3
 
Storage Media Supported
 
PC Mac
3.5" Floppy
100 MB Zip Disks
250 MB Zip Disks
Recordable Compact Disks
Recordable DVDs
100 MB Zip Disks
Recordable Compact Disks
Recordable DVDs

Infrastructure: Internet

  • A dedicated 64Kbps ISDN line is installed since 2000 and is to be upgraded to perform at higher speeds.
  • Continuous interaction with broadband service providers, keeps us informed of the possibilities to provide better service and an edge to our customers. This also allows us to upgrade as and when the necessities arise.
  • A 100MB server allows large file sizes of up to 10MB to be sent to us over a designated email ID. Whenever a need should arise, this can also be used to download file sizes of 50MB and above.

Since last mile connectivity is still at relatively slow speeds, the cost of uploading and downloading could be very high. At times this could be higher than the value of the job itself. Whenever we are requested to upload/download such large files, the cost of doing this is charged to the account of the customer.

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