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White outline set to overprint

New Here ,
Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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I would like to consult one issue with people who have experience with DTP in the US market. I work as a DTP operator in a European company, and I have quite a lot of experience in preparing materials for printing. Recently, however, I have been starting to serve clients from the US market. All processes seem to be the same, and the target market of the product should not matter when it comes to prepress procedures. Meanwhile, from one of the clients, I received labels in which some texts have a white outline with the overprint option turned on. I'm used to the fact that in offset printing, white elements should always be knocked-out. I don't really see what's the point of giving an object an outline and then using the overprint option to make it invisible. The layout designer insists that it should be left that way. Is there any reasonable explanation why my client uses this procedure?

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Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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Is that a process white?

Does the swatch have a very special name?

Are the items on a specific layer?

What kind of labels are they? The printing process might be important for this.

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Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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Yes, it is a process white; the swatch is a regular white (0% in all four CMYK channels). All items of this layout are placed on the same layer. The process involved is offset printing.

 

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Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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"...from one of the clients... Is there any reasonable explanation..."

Ask them.

They may have a very specific reason.

Just ask for your own education...

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