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Global Graphics Software Adds Hybrid Screens

CAMBRIDGE, UK | Global Graphics Software announces a new set of hybrid screens said to improve print quality significantly for flexo work. The flexo screens address the issues of how to achieve high quality in the highlight areas of images, such as tones close to white or skin tones, and how to print these areas with smooth gradations.

Company says it’s a technical challenge that the Harlequin product team has solved using its Harlequin Cross Modulated screens as the basis for development.

“It’s about giving the prepress operator the choice of the right tools for the job in hand,” says Martin Bailey, CTO Global Graphics. “To achieve premium quality, you need to be able to select from a wide choice of screen resolutions, rulings, and dot sizes so that different graphical objects can be produced as well as possible. So we’ve expanded the number of screens available with Harlequin and included a mechanism to auto select the calibration that goes with a particular screen. Prepress operators also now have the ability to bump up curves at the highlight end to compensate for flexo not being able to produce tones close to white clearly. The result is that you can achieve smooth gradations even in high-key images.”

Bailey says the Harlequin RIP has been used in the flexo market for many years by his company’s OEM partners. “We’ve become increasingly involved in the conversation about how to achieve high quality at the premium end of the market, and due to our extensive partner network we’ve been able to take input from a variety of vendors to fine-tune our plans.”

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