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Commonly Asked Questions About Digital Printing

Oct 23rd, 2018

Digital printing in Toronto has quickly become the gold standard in the printing industry. As more print options become available to consumers and more digital papers enter the industry, additional variables will need to be taken into account. Due to the versatility and complexity of digital printing, we often get many troubleshooting questions, which we’ll address here

 common questions about digital printing

Can I Control Paper Choices?

There are many options to choose from. As long as the printing company ensures that the type of paper you desire will work with their technology, you can select it. The good news is the number of possible substrates with digital presses is so immense that you are virtually guaranteed to find a paper that speaks to your individuality.

Before you make your choice, speak to the company you are with and ask them to supply you with multiple samples. Every digital press manufacturer on the market has a set of paper types that they will suggest. In other words, they have a list of coated and uncoated paper selections that they will recommend for their particular line of equipment. The good news is that with the rapid rise of digital printing, there are more and more finishes and colours available with digital papers.

Can I Use More than One Paper for a Given Job?

Yes, you can. Again, speak to the company you are with and ask them how many different paper stocks they can handle during a given print run. For instance, the NexPress 2100 can handle a maximum of three different paper types without any supplementary manual paper changes or paper handling. If you desire even more paper types than what the equipment was designed to handle automatically, then you will need to pay extra because employees from the company have to manually make the additional paper changes.

What is the Best Way to Proof a Job?

You can use a top-of-the-line desktop inkjet printer to evaluate conventional concept proofs. However, if you require greater precision, then you will need to ask the printing company to proof the job for you. What is interesting about digital printing is that it is a technology designed to print jobs that are actually one of a kind. This is very different to conventional printing techniques that are built for mass production. As such, you can ask the company to print out just a few copies for final proofs or for contract proofs.

What Do I Do Regarding Large Areas of Colour?

Most digital presses that require toner, such as the NexPress, aren’t able to generate large amounts of solid colour effectively. For instance, you may run into some blending or banding issues during the print run. However, you can opt for a machine, such as the HP Indigo, that uses ink instead of toner. By doing so, you still may have blending and banding problems, but you’ll reduce the chances of such issues significantly with ink-based digital presses.

Always speak to your digital printer if you have any doubts, as you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of time and money trying to figure things out on your own. Ask the printer to provide you with several samples so that you can better determine what works and what doesn’t work for you.

What Can I Do if I’m Having Issues Generating Rich Blacks?

Some people may have issues getting rich blacks when they use digital presses. For this issue, we would recommend that you use an amalgam of CMYK, which includes, but is not limited to, 100K, 40M, 60C, and 40Y. You would do the same if you were using an offset press as well. In any event, adding a CMYK mixture will actually force the press to overload the area with ink or toner. That is, by adding other colours to the mix, your blacks will have a sheen to them and will appear darker and richer.

How Can I Make White Text Appear Crisper on a Black Background?

To do so, follow the tips we provided for generating rich blacks, only this time you will need to add less black to the mix. The size of the point size and how thin the letters form may require some experimentation regarding the rich black formula until you find a formula that works for you. Also, remember that coloured stock and duller whites will affect how white text appears on a black background. That is, the text will end up looking less crisp than intended. The best way to solve this issue is to use stocks that are bright white.

How Small Can I Make a Text and Still Make it Legible?

Digital presses continue to improve their digital resolution with time, so you may end up worrying more about how effectively clients can read the type instead of how well the digital press can image it. The general rule is to avoid using a type that is smaller than 4 point. We recommend that you go with the conventional body text size range, which is 10 to 12 point.

Club Ink is all about printing your most creative ideas using the most advanced digital printing technology in the industry. To learn more about our cutting-edge digital press services, call us at 416-694-1996 or contact us here.

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