Newspaper design

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Newspaper printing is an industrial process designed to be quick and affordable.

Optimize your PDF to get the best result on paper.

PRINTING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Digital printing is an industrial process which offers newspapers at an affordable price. It's quick, flexible and reliable.

Digital printing is perfect for small and medium runs of newspapers.
Our factory is eco-friendly, we use solvent-free inks and recyclable paper.

Newsprint is thin and the maximum ink coverage is limited. The print quality is not as sharp as magazines or photo books.

Your newspaper will look great if you have these guidelines in mind. We can send you a free of one of our newspapers, so you can get a feel for them.

PRECISION

Newspaper printing is an industrial process. Newspaper printing and finishing lines are very precise.

Tolerances

  • Color overlap: ~ 0.1 mm
  • Cutting sheets: ~ 0.1 mm
  • Stacking sheets: ~ 0.1 mm
  • First fold: ~ 1 mm
  • Second fold: ~ 2 mm

PRINTING

We print your newspaper by adding 4 inks: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). Each color overlaps with the others, with a precision of a tenth of a millimeter.

In order to make your texts sharp and good looking, we recommend using a pure black. Four-color black fonts may look blurry.

Tips

  • Use pure black for all black texts.
  • Use a bold font for white texts over a solid-color background.

PRINT DITHERING

Printheads contain several inkjet modules. Sometimes, a gap of a tenth of a millimeter can occur between two modules. This phenomenon is nearly imperceptible to the naked eye.

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FLAT COLOR

An inkjet press prints while the paper is moving. Banding can occur as the paper moves under the printheads. It's noticable over large areas of flat color.

Banding is more visible when printing a primary color because only 1 printhead is used. Using a mix of several inks for an area of flat color fades the banding effect. For example, a 100%K flat area is more likely to have banding than a 100%K / 30%C / 30%M / 30%Y four-color black.

Here's an example:

Newspaper page template

Tips

  • Avoid large areas of flat color if you don't want to see any banding.
  • If you have large areas of flat color, try to mix different primary colors in order to fade the banding effect.

FINISHING

Your newspaper is printed on a paper roll, and mounted on a finishing line in order to cut, stack and fold the sheets of your newspaper. We don't use staples or glue.

For newspaper with more than 44 pages, some small creases can appear on the central pages. This is due to the thickness of the newspaper.

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