Trapping is the compensation for misregistration between printing units on a multicolor press.
This misregistration causes gaps or white-space on the final printed packaging. Trapping involves creating overlaps (or ‘spreads’) or underlaps (‘chokes’) of objects during prepress to counter misregistration on the press.
Esko has two trapping solutions: one with interactive trapping (the Instant Trapper) and one with automatic trapping, based on predefined settings (PowerTrapper).
The Instant Trapper is by far the easiest interactive trapping solution on the market. Trapping becomes a matter of clicking the 2 elements you want to trap. All traps are placed on a separate layer and centerlines are automatically calculated.
PowerTrapper automatically traps your file in a matter of seconds. Automatic trapping is done with presets of rules and exceptions to trap the file according to your specifications.
The PowerTrapper handles transparencies and blend modes of today’s modern design files flawlessly. This trapping module is completely compliant with packaging needs and knows how to handle special color pairs, opaque inks, varnishes, white plates, rich black trapping...
All calculated trap objects end up in a new separate layer combined with the ability to edit and modify the trap objects with a dedicated trap tool.
Professional trapping in Illustrator is possible with two trappers. There is the interactive Instant Trapper and there is an automatic trapping solution: PowerTrapper.
These trappers are available as a DeskPack plugin for Adobe® Illustrator®.
|In prepress editors||In PDF editors||Server based|
|ArtPro, PackEdge, DeskPack plugins for Adobe Illustrator||Neo||Automation Engine|
|Interactive trapping||Instant trapper||Instant trapper|