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10 Micron Printing

10-Micron Stochastic Screening


Our early investment in 10-micron printing and our dedication to perfecting its use has allowed us to be recognized as one of North America’s premier offset printers. The power of 10-micron stochastic screening breathes life into images by creating richer, more vivid colours and a level of definition that can’t be matched. For print projects that require impeccable accuracy, 10-micron stochastic screening produces images over three times more detailed than conventional print techniques.


In traditional offset printing, dot patterns are equally spaced in a rigid pattern. A variety of dot sizes are used to achieve tonality, density and shading. Under magnification, you can easily identify the dot pattern used to create the image.


In the stochastic process, all dots used to create an image are equally sized and are much smaller than those used in traditional offset printing. The dot pattern is randomised to allow a wider range of definition and dimensional effects, as well as a broader spectrum of colours. Light and dark areas are defined by using less or more dots to achieve the variations.


Projects printed using 10-micron stochastic screening have greater detail, increased clarity and greater dimensional effects, as well as better flesh tones for a more realistic result. Colour is also controlled more effectively, allowing for a broader colour spectrum with smoother gradations.


Colour Management


Colour Management is an integral part of our proofs and one of the key elements of our production process. To ensure that we provide our clients with accurate and consistent colour representation, we have established colour profiles, allowing us to replicate our proofs to better match our press sheets. Our colour management system ensures that colour is stable from one run to the next.


Our colour management software provides connectivity from our prepress to our presses. Colour profiles established in prepress are sent to the presses electronically. The result is a more efficient make-ready process, allowing us to achieve the desired colour, while also reducing time and consumables involved.

If you look closely at the printed photographs that you see in books, magazines, posters, and newspapers, you’ll notice that they're actually made up of tiny dots of four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. These tiny dots are called half-tone screen. This process of halftoning actually ‘cuts off’ some information from the photograph. It is like looking at someone through a sieve — you will be able to see the person, but there will be that unwanted screen in between...
Smaller the screen, lesser the interference, clearer the picture! The printing experts of the world are striving hard to improve the techniques of halftoning and the smallest printable dot on an offset press is 10 micron (1 micron = 1 millionth of a meter). These dots are so small that its almost impossible to see them even with the normal magnifying glass. Compare the difference between the conventional screening and 10 micron screen in the magnified area of the image above.

However, to print 10 micron stochastic screen takes a lot of precision and expertise. We are proud to announce that Rajkalp Mudranalaya Pvt. Ltd. is the only press in India to have achieved this remarkable feat!!!
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