The Contract Proof - 2000
To achieve a 50-percent tint by four-color dithering, half of the paper area is covered with droplets of full-strength ink. In the six-color process the two magentas (light and dark) are blended to create the 50-percent tint. The presence of the lighter ink around each darker droplet reduces the apparent contrast between white paper and the darker ink, making the droplet pattern much less visible.
Agfa's digital proofing strategy adopted drop-on-demand piezo ink jet because the technology was stable, color-accurate, affordable and rapidly evolving. The fact that we will soon offer halftone screening is an added bonus that few of us expected five years ago.
Just imagine what the next five years will bring.