bandingBanding 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 of altogether, there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances and severity of banding:

  • Avoid designing digital pieces with large areas of light pastel colors
  • Avoid gradients, or consider using offset printing for pieces with gradients
  • Voice your concern about banding. Some banding can be avoided simply by having your vendor recalibrate or clean the wires on their machine.

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Answer to: A Color Puzzle

Thanks to everyone who gave Rover’s Color Puzzle a whirl!

The correct answers to the puzzle were: A, B, B.  (You can verify these on Pantone’s website).  Congratulations to Mary Ann Russum of Build-A-Bear for getting all answers correct– and for winning our prize.

Mimosa, Absynth, and Fiery Red

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A Color Puzzle from Rover

Normally, the term “PMS” would send most friends and colleagues fleeing the room.  But in the world of printing, PMS is a valuable tool.  The term stands for “Print Matching System”– a system of standards for making sure that the color you want is the color you get.

Very handy for keeping you company’s logo color consistent every time.

Although PMS colors are usually referred to by number, some PMS colors have garnered interesting names.  See if you can match the following PMS names with the correct color swatch:

PMS 14-0848: “Mimosa”

A.  B.

PMS 14-6329: “Absinthe Green”

A.  B.

18-1664: “Fiery Red”

A.  B.

If you’re color vocabulary is up-to-date, this should be no problem. But, if your idea of color comes from a crayola 16-crayon box, don’t feel too bad– after all, as a dog Rover himself is practically color blind!

If you have the answer, add a comment below!  Every correct answer will earn 10% off on a single print order*, so don’t forget to give us your contact information.  We will also select one correct answer at random to receive the monthly grand prize.  Answers will be revealed at the end of the month.

* Maximum discount of $200.  Good for print orders placed before April 30th– sorry, not valid on previously placed orders.

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Hello world!

dog-with-glassesThis is a blog for printing tips, print industry news, business musings, and other canine cogitations.

This is also the blog where Rover himself will post his regular riddles– and the answers, if you are good.

But, for now, we’ll just share a picture of our “rovers”. Enjoy!

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