RE: Illustrations to be printed; was: Re: Viso/Office guru?

Subject: RE: Illustrations to be printed; was: Re: Viso/Office guru?
From: "Broberg, Mats" <mabr -at- flir -dot- se>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 09:07:55 +0200

David Neeley wrote:

> For offset printing, the situation is a bit different. There
> is a range of screen resolutions used, ranging from 100 or
> slightly less for some web presses (mainly used for
> newspapers and things like supermarket flyers, so not
> applicable here) through a minimum of 120 to 150 lines per
> inch for standard non-coated stock up through and including
> resolutions as high as 300 lpi (mostly for very high quality
> color, such as the lavish "coffee table" display volumes.

I'll second David on this, also drawing on several years as a commercial
printing consultant.

For CMYK images printed in litho offset with conventional
amplitude-modulated screening, the ideal resolution should be 2-2.5 x
the screen resolution and @ the same size, i.e. 300-375 dpi for a 150
lpi screen.

When it comes to line art printed in litho offset, i.e., illustrations
that are only 100 % black lines with no screening, the general view is
that the resolution should be no less than 1200 dpi, although I know
several printers who wants the same resolution as the imagesetter, which
is often 2540 lpi.

For frequency-modulated screening, such as stochastic screening or
hybrid screening (e.g. Agfa's "Diamond" screening), the recommendations
may be different, as is also the case for desktop printers.

Best regards,
Mats Broberg

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