There’s really nothing better than a print sample to help you understand what to expect in color quality from a sheet of paper. What’s better are good production notes to help you understand how the piece was developed. This will not only allow you to determine what sheet to consider for your print project but it can also lead to better efficiency in how your product is produced.
The Lynx® brand is known for superior performance and dynamic results, and LynxJET treated inkjet papers hold true to this promise. With treated options for both pigment and dye inks, LynxJET is engineered to excel, both on press and during post-processing.
The Husky® name is known for hardworking performance, and HuskyJET lives up to it. Bring splashes of color to brochures, textbooks and on-demand books. Balance trouble-free printing with flawless post-processing for transactional end uses.
With these two promotions, Domtar has provided printed samples to show just how well a treated sheet works and looks off of an inkjet press. Our aim was to show why you should use a treated sheet for your inkjet printing needs when applicable.
The treatment is in the paper with Domtar’s treated production inkjet papers, not just applied to the surface. The result is more ink color that stays near the surface of the sheet while water is wicked through the paper, giving you more vibrant colors and sharper details. By keeping more of the color near the surface, the printer uses less ink to achieve the desired intensity of color. The ink dries quicker, saving time and possible complications with the paper. Also, our sheets are engineered to run smoothly through post-processing equipment saving both time and money on equipment jamming.
The Production Notes and Tips for Your Print Project:
The printed samples inside of both the LynxJET and HuskJET promotions were all done on Ricoh inkjet printers. Samples were printed on the Ricoh PRO VC60000 and Pro VC70000 inkjet presses with the exception of the LynxJET® Dye sample that was printed on the Ricoh Pro VC40000. We provided samples on the following sheet options:
- LynxJET® 50 lb.
- LynxJET® 80 lb.
- LynxJET® Premium Card 7 pt.
- LynxJET® Premium Card 9 pt.
- LynxJET® Dye 60 lb.
- HuksyJET® 50 lb.
- HuskyJET 60 lb.
- HuskyJET® 7 pt. Card
The most important part of inkjet printing is the time you spend before you actually print your project. Linearization is a critical step in making sure you get the best results from your inkjet press. Linearization is the process where you take your press and paper combination and adjust the press to settings that accommodate for both resulting in the best possible printing.
Another important piece of inkjet printing is knowing rendering modes. While inkjet printing has progressed a great deal, the color gamut remains smaller than that of offset or toner-based digital printing. Rendering mode tells the press how some or all of the colors in a project will adapt to that particular printer.
- Perceptual mode aims to preserve the overall color appearance by changing all colors in the source space to fit the destination space. This is preferred when printing images that contain colors that do not fit into the color gamut.
- Relative mode compares the white of the source color space in relation to that of the destination color space. It uses colors that are in the color gamut and adjust those out of the color gamut to the closest reproducible color.
For this particular promotion, we used a combination of perceptual and relative rendering modes for our sample pieces. We used a perceptual mode on the images so we can get richer colors and relative for the rest of the sheet to maintain a good balance in brightness. It is critical that you take the time to test these modes before you start running your job on press. Make sure to keep your own production notes to help you with the next project in line.