Category Archives: Common Print Problems

Pixilated Photos

Computer screens and office printers have a different resolution than presses do. Thus, artwork that look great on your screen or from your printer can look pixilated in the final product. To avoid this, make sure that: Your artwork files … Continue reading

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You don’t often see colored text on colored backgrounds in non-four-color offset print pieces, and there is a reason why.  An offset press runs a separate “pass” for each color used on a piece, and ink runs into the paper … Continue reading

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“Cracked” Folds

Thick paper does not fold as easily as thin paper. When thicker paper—cover stock, for example—gets folded, the fibers in the paper bend and snap. On most paper, this bending and snapping is not noticeable… unless there is printing along … Continue reading

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Offsetting

Offset printing puts wet ink on paper, which is then allowed to dry before cutting and finishing.  But even totally “dry” ink can rub off, given enough friction. This problem is called “offsetting”, and it can create smudges on other … Continue reading

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Banding

Banding sometimes occurs with digital print projects. Banding appears as horizontal lines or “bands” of discoloration. It tends to happen with large areas of color, especially lighter colors or areas with a gradation. Although banding is difficult to get rid … Continue reading

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