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FLEXO Magazine : July 2012
HILLIARD: The IT8.7/4 color target can be used to fingerprint EG colors. And there are several prepress systems designed specifically to produce EG color separations. Contact your prepress provider for help in this area. FLEXO: What do you have to change on press to adopt ex- panded gamut, instead of running spot colors? HILLIARD: We really do not change anything on press when we print with EG. If we intend to use EG to match a spot color, we can determine the DE of the match in the proofing process. If this is acceptable to the customer, then we have no issues. If the color match tolerence is unacceptable, then we use a spot color. For example on a recent Barrel O Fun job, Hood and our prepress supplier suggested the use of EG once we saw the art files and target proofs from the customer. Because the designs used such bright colors, specifically in the EG color gamut, we felt that using EG was the only option to match the designs well. We made proofs of one item in CMYK, and another one with CMYK + EG colors. Once the customer saw what the EG colors could do for the designs, the CPC was sold! On these designs, the entire background area was pro- cess, so the use of EG fit well. We used one spot color in the logo area for consistency. Printing with EG was just like add- ing additional color decks to the mix, and did not affect our normal workflow. FLEXO: Do you find resistance to the use of ECG printing from new customers? DYE: At times, we do encounter resistance in winning custom- ers over to ECG printing. However, when the practice is imple- mented, customers definitely benefit from more design flex- ibility, finer screens and elimination of coarse combo plates. FLEXO: What is the first thing to do to change over to all expanded gamut? DYE: Understand the registration capabilities of your pro- cess, as well as your ability to run tight tolerances on your process work. 26 FLEXO july 2012 www.flexography.org www.flexography.org Tag&Label Materials FoldingCarton/FlexiblePackagingPressComponents/AccessoriesDigitalPrintingGraphicDesign/PrepressProcessControl Fle x o Printing 3 31 A Gold Mine of Solutions April 29–30, 2013 San Diego, CA Did you hear the buzz on the INFO*FLEX 2012 show floor? Packaging printers and converters are going to San Diego in 2013. Period. Make a statement. Meet the right people. A 10’ x 10’ turnkey booth package is just $2,950. Contact Jay Kaible at 631-737-6020. Now75%sold