I know this is a massive subject, but I am wondering if anyone can point me in the direction or give me some advice on how to get a consistency of colour to bear some resemblane to what is actually printed out when you get it back from the professional printers.
I currently work using a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator CS. I appreciate that one must work in CMYK and I produce PDF/X compliant files using the Enfocus PitStop plugin in Acrobat 7. I recently got some business cards back from the printer (offset litho) and they were a way darker blue than I intended. So is it all about pantone? (What are the major issues I need to be aware of? I also appreciate that monitor calibration is an issue too and I have addressed that). I have read about supplying proofs to the printers. Is there a 10 point plan perhaps?
Its most frustrating being unable to realise the beauty of what you see on the screen in print and I'd love to get it a little closer than I am at the moment.
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