Introduction TigerPress is serious about accurate color reproduction at an affordable price. We have invested in print technology and training to provide an accurate color proof for every process color job we produce. The information provided here is an explanation of the procedures we use and instructions for submitting color accurate digital artwork.
Color Basics The goal of color management at TigerPress is to first provide a proof and then accurately reproduce on press color that is true to the original document. Hindering this goal are two problems:
The range of colors (gamut) that can be reproduced via process color printing is much smaller than the gamut that exists in nature, or even that which can be displayed on a computer monitor.
The process used to produce proofs (inkjet) is very different that the process used to produce the final product (offset printing).
The Solution The solution is to accurately measure the gamut of each device (scanner, monitor, proofer, and press) and use software to compensate for the differences. Clearly, we still cannot reproduce on press all the colors that exist in nature, but by using the color management features of both our Scitex scanner and Rampage workflow, we can provide the best match possible. And we can provide a very accurate proof that shows you in advance just what you'll see in the finished product.
GRACoL GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography) is a set of specifications setup by the Graphic Communications Association (GCA) in order to improve communications between printers and all those producing artwork for print production.
One part of the GRACoL specification concerns the reproduction of process colors. The specification includes information on dot gain, ink density, and gray balance. The specification is based on the SWOP (Specifications Web Offset Publications) standard, but with adjustments for sheet fed printing such as higher line screens and more attention to gray balance. Essentially the specification describes what conditions should be used in order to match a standard.
TigerPress has adopted the GRACoL7 standard and all process color printing is done to this standard unless otherwise specified by the customer.
Submitting Color Accurate Digital Artwork If you have a system or software (such as Adobe Photoshop) that supports color management via ICC profiles, you can use the 'North America General Purpose Defaults' profile. This will allow you to preview on screen a more accurate version of what will be printed. The profiles can also be used with software such as Best Color to create reasonably accurate color inkjet proofs.
If you are looking for the best possible match from screen to press, you can download our current press profiles:
If you are producing a grayscale or spot color project, use the '20% Gain' selection in Adobe PhotoShop when adjusting grayscale or duotone images.
Below is an example of the color settings dialog in Adobe PhotoShop with the above mentioned changes. Please consult your documentation for a detailed explanation of all the options before making changes to your system.
EnterSolar has completed the installation of our 653 kW Photovoltaic Array and National Grid has given authorization to start generating power. The grid consists of 2,466 individual panels covering the roof of our East Longmeadow production facility. Solar Photovoltaic("PV") Systems generate electricity by converting light energy into electrical energy via the photovoltaic effect. The TigerPress installation has been in the works for two months and the EnterSolar team worked very hard to get our system up and running before winter.
For over 25 years, TigerPress has offered clients exceptional quality and customer service at competitive prices. To learn more about Green Printing or our solar energy project, call TigerPress at 413-224-2100
MELVILLE, N.Y. - Sept. 26, 2016 - Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced the successful installation of a Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Color Digital Press at industry mainstay TigerPress's Massachusetts facility. The company's newest installation supports its mission of providing customers with next-generation digital print solutions.
TigerPress has been a leader in instituting the newest technology and offering creative solutions to its clients. Since its inception in 1985, the company has relied on Canon equipment to deliver high quality digital products. Originally known as CopyCat, a chain of quick copy centers, TigerPress changed its name in 1997 and has since grown to a full-service print provider. TigerPress specializes in printing museum quality catalogs, books, and marketing materials, while providing customers with vivid colors while avoiding the use of harmful chemicals. With sustainability at the forefront of the company's core initiatives, TigerPress has also established a unique approach to accurate color reproduction using the most earth friendly processes. A family run business, led by husband and wife duo Reza and Jennifer Shafii, the company takes pride in delivering the best goods and services with the flexibility to meet the most challenging customer requirements.
To learn more about Digital Printing, call TigerPress at 413-224-2100
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NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA – JUNE 24, 2016 – The Baker-Polito administration today announced more than $8.47 million in Workforce Training Grant funds to 101 companies, which will enable the businesses to train current or newly hired workers. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the announcement in North Brookfield, and one of the recipient was TigerPress of East Longmeadow. Senator Eric Lesser and representative Brian Ashe visited TigerPress manufacturing facility today, and congratulated the owners, Reza and Jennifer Shafii. TigerPress was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to implement lean manufacturing training for its plant in East Longmeadow. The Workforce Training Fund helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. To learn more about Green Printing or our Lean Manufacturing Initiative, call TigerPress at 413-224-2100