Dome Printing--Matching Proof to Plate
Dome has been operating digital color proofing gear for nearly 10 years, the bulk of which were devoted to thermal and dye sublimation proofing technologies from 3M, DuPont and Eastman Kodak. Last December, Dome installed Creo's Spectrum digital halftone proofing device, which became the latest digital prepress member of the Dome family.
Why Spectrum? In Dome's case, there existed three main selling points: the same RIP approach between proofer and platesetter, the capability to image four- and eight-page digital proofs, and the comfort zone of Imation Matchprint Laser Proof materials. Tim Poole and his younger brother Robert, prepress director, explain their decision to install the proofer, calling attention to the three major investment perks Dome forecast for its move to Spectrum.
* The Spectrum digital halftone proofing system uses SQUAREspot thermal imaging technology, the same RIP and the same screening that the Creo platesetter uses to image plates, which, in Dome's opinion, was the key selling point. This assures that the digital proof is a true representation of the screening on the plates.
* Spectrum ties the entire process together—with the option of four- or eight-up page proofs on the same output device. For Dome, the Spectrum was perfectly suited to simulate all print projects and press sizes. "The idea of having a digital color proofer that was an eight-up device appealed to us," explains Bob Poole. "We felt it would fit very well into our existing workflow and, in many ways, we believe we've added a device that is far superior to conventional proofing."
* Focusing on the proofing media, Imation Matchprint is the premium seal of approval, at Dome, for digital proofing materials. Matchprint Laser Proof materials, used by Spectrum, employ pigment-based colorants similar to the pigments used to produce analog Matchprint materials. The pigments supplied are from the same sources as standard offset printing inks, allowing for a consistent color gamut throughout the proofing and printing processes.