Ink Coverage

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AdareSEC
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Ink Coverage

Post by AdareSEC » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:40 pm

Hello All!

My manager requires an accurate breakdown of ink usage PER printing plate. I know that PitStop can show a total coverage but this information is not sufficient.

Is there any way that I can produce a report from a supplied PDF that shows the % of ink (CMYK + Pantones) required to reproduce the PDF on press? I have looked at purchasing PressPerCent - Mac based app - but would prefer to stay within PitStop if at all possible?

Man thanks.

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Re: Ink Coverage

Post by Zoranj » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:18 pm

If you want accuracy, you should get it from your workflow that generates plates.
Workflows typically have printing/plating curves that will change amount of ink per separation, sometimes drastically compared to PDF.
You might even run certain amount of GCR/UCR in your workflow which will drastically change ink coverage.

If you get this information ahead of the workflow from Pitstop, I am afraid information will not be that accurate, unless you know for a fact that no other changes happen in the workflow after the Pitstop report.
Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Ink Coverage

Post by abailescollins » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:14 am

PitStop has an 'ink usage' report that will give you the amount of ink per separation.
But as stated you'll have to allow a +/- tolerance for press and printing method.

If you open up a preflight profile it's in 'General', under 'Preflight Report' and it's the 'inks' option.
It's off by default.

It gives you a per page and total document value.
PitStop Product Manager @ Enfocus.
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Re: Ink Coverage

Post by AdareSEC » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:41 pm

Many thanks for the replies.

Zoranj: The ink coverage report will be used to give an estimate cost to clients at the proofing stage prior to print.

abailescollins: I will have as look at this now.

:D

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Re: Ink Coverage

Post by AdareSEC » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:16 pm

Thanks again for the speedy replies!

As mentioned by Zoranj, the report can never be completely accurate at proof stage as there are so many variables; press, substrate, curve etc. and in our particular line of work we show many none print elements at on the PDF - foiling, perforations, labels as spot inks - but our estimator is happy that this will give him an “indication” of ink usage. ;)

Have a good weekend people.

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