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Simulate print characteristics

You can simulate distinctive print characteristics associated with gravure, flexo, and offset printing.

You can do the following:

  • Simulate the effect that occurs in gravure printing when ink is not evenly transferred from the cylinder.

  • Define the smallest dot size to be printed. In flexo printing, the smallest dot that can be etched onto a flexographic printing plate may be as small as 2%, but may gain to as much as 12% on the press due to the nature of the photopolymer plate material and the printing process.

  • Simulate offset printing to reproduce an image that more closely resembles output on a printing press. It creates a less smooth effect than an inkjet printout.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In Server Manager: On the sidebar, click Printers, and select a printer. In the printer's tree view, select a workflow. On the Printer tab, expand the Print Settings panel.

    • In Job Editor: On the Printer tab, expand the Print Settings panel.

  2. Click Advanced Settings.
  3. Under Simulate final run characteristics, do one of the following:
    • Gravure printing: Define the area coverage of missing dots as a percentage.

    • Flexo printing: Define where the first printable dot will start. This setting can be applied to contone data, but not to halftone data. Command WorkStation ignores dots that are smaller than the first printable dot.

    • Offset printing: Define the percentage up to which Command WorkStation adds graininess to fine contours and fonts.