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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
FTA TODAY The 16-page book required four print runs. Each run re- quired four-color process on one side, then a turnbar was used to put two colors on the reverse side. The design team had to keep this in mind when assembling the pages. For the front and back cover design, the students used im- ages that had appeared on the cover of various issues of FLEXOthroughout 2008—the multitude of multi-color im- ages, some of which contained a lot of detail, would not im- mediately be easy to print flexographically. The same could be said of images used inside, which portrayed layouts and magazine collages and fan-outs. “We did minor color corrections on all of them to make them pop a little more and then we did some duotone,” said Peschken. For Mitchell, printing the Media Kit was a unique learning ex- perience—particularly in the platemaking arena. “Our seals were a little leaky, and we had to replace those. We also had a problem with the level on the water washout. That was a memorable ex- perience. It was time consuming. But once we got it figured out, it worked nicely. Shawn and I both worked on it and were very proud of ourselves when we got it working.” But that wasn’t the end of his troubles. “The color matching was the biggest issue that we had,” he said. “Trying to match the CMYK marble in the background with the Pantone color was very difficult. We were trying to keep the images crystal clear as well as match the color to the Pantone. We ran into some snags with that as far as hitting our densities and such was concerned.” The solution, he found was to change to reduce the magenta. He went from an 800lpi anilox to 1,200lpi/1.21bcm roll. GOOD DIRECTION Three of four students on the design/prepress team had origi- nally come to Dunwoody with intentions of enrolling in the design program. However, when it came time to choose a track— press, prepress or design—they all went for prepress. None of them had known anything about the prepress process prior to joining the program. As Malenius put it, “I thought things went from design to print.” Each individually decided that the prepress program fit his/her skills and desires. “I have always been inter- ested in the technical side of things. I like knowing how it is done and how it works out,” said Peschken. McKernon and Pelton are going one step further. These young ladies have opted to do a third year at Dunwoody. “Rose and I thought it would be advantageous to stay an extra year in the program for the press side,” said Pelton. “So we will have an Associate’s in Prepress and a Certificate in Press, which allows us to understand the entire process and make us more equipped for whatever opportunities come up.” Mitchell’s aspirations were clear from Day 1. Working as a press operator, he claimed, is “a lot of work and a lot of fun at the same time.”He added, “It’s like a new experience every time. It’s not just sitting at a computer screen all day. I like getting my hands dirty and making things work.” All five concurred that the experience working on the Media Kit will be advantageous for their careers. In addition to making a great portfolio piece, the project, according to Pelton was a good team-building exercise. “One lesson we did learn was teamwork. We definitely were able to play on each other’s strength and com- bine to create this awesome product. We got to know each other better, we had a lot of fun with it, and we bounced ideas off each other. It also forced us to go deeper into the programs we used and figure out things that we wouldn’t have run into in a school project.” For Mitchell, his big takeaway was attention to detail: “It is important to create a setup plan and know what you are doing before you do it. When making plates, if you don’t pay atten- tion to what you are doing, one little mistake will ruin the whole process.” Oetjen proclaimed that he was proud of the students, their dedication, and the end result. “If they are the future of the flexo industry, we are in good hands,” he said. ? www. f le xography. org JANUARY 2009 FLEXO 61
End of Year 2008