If you are a printing nerd like me, you are probably always noticing flaws or mistakes in the printed products around you. While I might drive my wife and daughter a little bit crazy with my commentary on the products around me, they have also learned and have become very aware of trapping because of it.
Trapping is just one step in the process of producing work for presses, and the Prinect Trapper is an extremely reliable and fast component of Prinect. Today, I’ll be building off my last tutorial on Basic Trapping Features and diving into some advanced features and settings in the Prinect Trapper. For most users, these features will be used very rarely since the overall settings that are built in are typically good enough. However, since all jobs are different, there may come a job that comes along that requires a little extra work, so it is important to be knowledgeable and discuss all features that are available. These features work in both the Production Manager workflow and the Trap Editor Acrobat plugin.
Let’s take a closer look at the Prinect Trapper:
When trapping complex jobs, one of the things you must consider is the order of the colors. Inside a Job in Cockpit, you’ll find the colors listed out and the Print Order running down the left-hand side. Here, you have the option of changing the print order of colors by dragging them up and down, which can help you get your double hits in the right order as well as determine whether a color will overprint another.
The type can also greatly affect trapping. When looking at this feature, keep these few things in mind:
Transparent colors will be ignored.
Opaque can be used to define a second hit so the first keeps away. All other colors not defined as opaque will trap to an opaque color, as well.
The options Opaque and Ignore can be used if you are printing white on a foil and would like the white to proof opaque but have nothing to trap to it.
Neutral Density is used to determine which color is lighter or darker – defining the direction of the trap. Here you can make modifications so that a color that was trapping to everything, for example, will not have all colors trap to it.
Steplimit(SL) is only really used with CMYK to CMYK color traps. It determines how much of a difference between CMYK colors before a trap occurs. This column lets you override the default settings in the workflow and customize them for just this job.
Trap Color Scaling can be set as an overall value in the Acrobat plugin or the workflow. Trap Color Scaling in Colors allows you to customize this per job and per color, which is a unique feature in Trapper. Normally, Traps consist of 100% values from both colors to create the trap, which creates a dark line where the two colors meet. While in Trap Color Scaling, you can reduce the color values in a trap by a percentage and per color allowing you to make the traps color more subtle and harder to see.
Other than for small type, fine lines and black Prinect Trappers overall setting allows you to define one trap’s thickness. In Colors, it can be customized in a job and per color.
This feature is extremely powerful since it allows you to change the width of a trap for just one color. For example, if you have a very opaque color, you can easily increase the trapping to that color because nobody will see it.
Thanks to the Prinect Trapper, users have a tool with the depth needed to take on any job. If you have a well-trapped job, you are more likely to have a faster fit, quicker makereadies, and a happy operator. Say goodbye to the days where mistakes fill up a printed piece!
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