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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Problem Inks

Inks are a mysterious amalgam of pigment, carriers, solvents, waxes, and extenders. Ink problems can be caused by multiple issues, including inadequate drying time, absorbent stocks, and poor adhesion. But some problems arise from the pigments themselves. Because of its common use and stubborn personality, perhaps the best-known is Reflex Blue, which is a navy blue. Reflex Blue is notorious for scuffing, smearing, oxidizing, and slow drying times. If you use Reflex Blue in your job, be prepared to tack on an extra day or so for additional post-press drying time. Additives can speed up the drying process. Depending on how heavily the color is used in your job, you can also expect slight surcharges for protective coatings (discussed ...

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