Rotogravure printing: error free gravure prepress - Esko

Error free gravure prepress

Dedicated tools for gravure prepress

Esko software solutions have packaging knowledge at the very core. ArtPro and the DeskPack collection of prepress plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator offer dedicated rotogravure functionality:

  • All necessary prepress tools for pre-flighting, editing, trapping, distortion, barcodes and more inside one editor.
  • Reverse trapping, or negative trapping: especially for fry offset printing on metal substrates, the reverse trapping creates a white trap between printed areas of different inks avoiding overprinting.
  • Quick generation of additional separations such as varnishes and whites.
  • ArtPro directly generates gravure Tiffs for all electromechanical engraving devices like Hell, Daetwyler (Ohio)...
  • Rotogravure jobs often share cylinders to reduce printing costs, guaranty printing stability and consistency. Therefore the graphics across different designs need to be made compatible. This level of editing is only possible with PackEdge, ArtPro or DeskPack.
  • A dedicated gravure quality control toolkit: WYSIWYG viewer, version compare, White Underprint generation…
  • Thin parts detection: identify objects in the design that are too thin to print in gravure and fix them based on a minimum object width setting.
  • High level of integration with workflow automation, color management and proofing solutions
  • CAD-Graphics integration becomes more and more important. This kind of integration reduces waste and errors.

Challenges in gravure

Challenges in gravure

Just like most printing processes, gravure printing comes with its own set of challenges.

  • Consistent high quality printing. Long print runs have to deliver highly consistent results from beginning to end. Yet, there’s a very short time-to-market.
  • Dedicated prepress. To meet the rotogravure requirements, often entire designs have to be rebuilt from scratch. To make this process as painless as possible, gravure prepress professionals need tools to align, clean-up, correct, separate, trap and convert their files.
  • Cost effective printing. The cost of a rotogravure cylinder is high. One of the ways to print cost effective and to reduce press-setup times is to make sure a series of jobs (variants) share the same cylinders. Dedicated tools can help you identify common content across product ranges and remove redundant cylinders.