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Mixing Inks (Process Blue vs. Process Cyan)
When you mix, remember Process Blue and Process Cyan are not the same color. This problem is brought-up at almost every trade show. Just look at the two colors in your PANTONE Formula Guide and you will quickly realize why your mixed colors were incorrect. This may be overly obvious, but the error happens more often than you may think. By the way, remember that PANTONE Formula Guides should be replaced annually. The cost of a Formula Guide is far outweighed by just one job being rejected by an account.


Eliminate Static Electricity
The "Static Season" is upon us. To eliminate problems with static when printing carbonless forms, coated stock or plastics, try an Ionix Static Eliminator on your press. It ionizes the air from the blower. The ionized air neutralizes the electrostatic charges between the sheets of stock, allowing for smooth, even feeding. The Ionix will pay for itself the first few days with less down time and less waste in the trash can. They last about a year, so remember to record the installation date on the cartridge. By the way, they are also great on folders and collators. Turn problem printing into profitable printing.


Printing on Vinyl Book Covers

We have received many queries regarding printing on our Clear Vinyl Book Covers. Just use an ink designed for plastics such as Van Son Tough Tex or Speedmaster Hard Top. Some other pointers are to use a fountain solution with some alcohol in it, metal plates work the best (electrostatic plates will not work well due to the fountain solution that must be used with these plates), use a drying stimulator in the fountain such as Van Son Fountain Stimulator and keep the pH between 4.5 and 5.5. Temperature and humidity can be important factors. A stock temperature of 70-80° F and a relative humidity of about 50% is ideal. Also - use minimum ink and water required to obtain density. These are some starting points. Contact your favorite ink manufacturer for specifics with their ink.


Using LithoProof with Positive Film
Do you know that you can use LithoProof™ to proof positive film? Here is how it is done.

  • For proofing positive film, you must have either a clearing filter on your exposing system or a sheet of W-2 mylar.
  • Place proofing paper in vacuum frame.
  • Place positive to be proofed on top of proofing paper, turn on vacuum and place W-2 mylar over the positive (if you don’t have a clearing filter).
  • Expose with bright light to clear the background (exposure will vary with different light sources).
  • Remove W-2 mylar (if necessary) and remove film positive.
  • Expose LithoProof paper with UV light; no vacuum is necessary (again, exposure will vary with different light sources).
  • This will give you a positive image on your LithoProof paper.