Cambridge, UK 09/08/2017
LABELEXPO STAND 9B17
Cambridge, UK, 8th September, 2017: Visitors
to the Global Graphics stand at Labelexpo will see a host of special
features for digital labels and packaging printing in the Harlequin RIP®,
some of which have been introduced during the past year as the company
expands its portfolio of press vendors supplying this sector of the market.
New features include controls for deciding
when to blend emulated spot colors with process colors for exceptionally
accurate brand color matching, and extended controls over PDF layers so
that optional content used in process control can be individually switched
on or off, for example for example to
print just cut and fold lines for lead-in sheets.
“An increasing number of vendors are using
Harlequin under the hood of their solutions for labels and packaging, says
Martin Bailey, CTO, Global Graphics Software. “So naturally, as we work
more closely with them we jointly identify opportunities to fine-tune our
software to give print shops and converters a better solution.
“Just to take one example, why does it matter
at which stage you blend spot colors that are emulated in CMYK, or CMYKOG
etc., with process colors? Well, you might be deliberately emulating an
offset or flexo print standard for images and other graphics in the process
inks, and you don’t want to compromise the gamut available for your brand
colors by including them in that emulation. But you definitely do want
to make sure that your ink limiting transforms apply to them to avoid issues
“With controls like this and a host of other
features for labels and packaging production Harlequin gives you the flexibility
to get the best results out of your workflow. I look forward to the
day when vendors give us permission to announce that they have chosen Harlequin.”
The Harlequin RIP transforms design and pre-press
data into a format that can be printed and feeds that data to the inkjet
print-head, toner marking engine or laser plate-setter press. It
is highly tuned for performance, to produce the highest speed possible
without compromising on print quality.
It includes rich support for spot colors,
colorant sets beyond CMYK, overprinting, and variable data print optimization
for processing batches of labels imposed together, serial numbers, track
and trace and randomized versioning. It also includes halftone screening
developed specifically for a variety of print technologies, including flexo
Other features for labels and packaging applications
Color Logic support: Harlequin
includes a framework that makes it easy to add support for Color Logic
and other metallic design tools if your digital device includes a white
Overriding overprint for white, varnish
and metallic: Some special colorants should not knock out
of, or be knocked out by, other colorants. A varnish should never
knock out of other colors, for instance, while a white ink laid in under
other colors should not be knocked out by ‘real’ graphics in other inks.
Harlequin 11 includes configurations that allow these overprints to be
UV inkjet: forcing black knock
outs for legibility because, on a press without pinning between the heads,
inks can mix on the substrate surface and disrupt the outline of small
graphics such as text.
- Brand color look up and editing:
most digital production is done without special brand color inks.
Harlequin includes named color look up tables to convert requested
spot separations into process colors via a number of routes. PANTONE
is included and additional libraries may be added.
- Merging emulated spots: If
your spot colors are transformed to process builds as soon as you see them,
and if the spot colored object is involved in any transparency blending,
the result will look very different to the same job being printed on a
press that actually has an ink for that spot color. Harlequin retains the
spot past all transparency composting before merging any emulated spots
into the process inks late in the process.
- Structural and technical separations:
- the Harlequin Contour Processor™
intercepts die lines and other technical separations which often need to
be printed for proofing, or for aligning prints and pre-cut media or post-print
die cutting. Those separations need removing from the raster for production
printing. They can then be used to drive cutters.
- Separations such as die lines or glue areas
can also be completely ignored rather than just omitted when rendering,
avoiding issues when they have been accidentally set to knock out.
- PDF layers (optional content) can be individually
turned on or off: creation workflows often use layers of optional
content for process control and sometimes the PDF must be printed with
some layers on and others off. Harlequin also allows everything that’s
not included in any layer to be turned off so that you can, for instance,
print nothing but die lines on lead-in sheets to assist with registration
Global Graphics will also showcase an extended range of screening options
for labels and packaging workflows that rewrite the rule book when it comes
to addressing single pass inkjet output quality. The ScreenPro™
screening engine can be used in any label and packaging workflow alongside
any RIP. Global Graphics’ screening technology has been developed
from the ground up in response to press manufacturers’ concerns about
image quality in single pass inkjet applications.
Download the Harlequin brochure at https://www.globalgraphics.com/download_file/135/.
Press vendors wishing to evaluate Harlequin should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG) http://www.globalgraphics.com
is a leading developer of platforms for digital printing, including the
Harlequin RIP®. Customers include HP,
Canon, Delphax, Roland,
Kodak and Agfa
roots of the company go back to 1986
and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority
of the R&D team is still based near here. The font foundry, URW++
Design and Development GmbH,
the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor
are subsidiary companies
of Global Graphics PLC. Global Graphics has offices in: Boston, US;
Tokyo, Japan; and Hamburg, Germany.
Harlequin, the Harlequin logo, the Harlequin
RIP, Harlequin VariData, Harlequin Contour Processor, and ScreenPro are
trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited which may be registered
in certain jurisdictions. Global Graphics is a trademark of Global
Graphics PLC which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript
is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in
certain jurisdictions. All other brand and product names are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director Global Graphics Software
Tel +44 (0)1223 926489
US Tel: +1 978 631 0414
Paula Halpin, PR & Marketing Executive
Global Graphics Software
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017
US Tel: +1 781 996 4201