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on 2/26/06 3:02 PM, email@hidden at email@hidden wrote: > In a message dated 2/25/06 7:50 AM, Peter Calvin wrote: > >> I am working on a book that will be printed in Hong Kong, and they >> want CMYK files and sample prints for color. I have tried some >> conversions in Photoshop, but there is a huge difference (to my eyes) >> in color. >> >> I am accustomed to submitting RGB files, and I work in a completely >> color managed environment. (everything profiled and tagged, etc...) >> Could anyone give me some advice on how to best deal with this, that >> is making the conversions to best represent the original files and >> have a chance of printing well on this mystery press in HK? Any good >> sources on the web or in print? The files do not need to be sent >> until August, so I have plenty of time to study and learn. > > Hi Peter. > > I had the opportunity to go to Shenzen, China (after a brief stop in Hong > Kong) last year for a press check. My impression was that no one of the > prepress people I met with in China had any working knowledge of > color-managed practices. > > If this job of yours is separated *and printed* in Hong Kong you probably > have a much better chance of a successful outcome than if it is shipped to > mainland China instead, and executed there completely. In that case, I am > afraid that you will have a hard time trying to get a straight answer > regarding which standards are being used for the final printing run. Work is > done very much "by the numbers", from what I gathered, and I fear that no > matter how much you study up on color management, that will not help you > much in this situation. > > Perhaps you should think of hiring a local subcontractor (an Asian branch of > a prepress house with headquarters in the US, like Schawk, for example) to > supervise the implementation in close contact with you. That way, they would > be in charge of understanding your expectations and accurately translating > them into what meets them in that environment. > > Good luck. > > -------------- > Marco Ugolini > Mill Valley, CA Hello Marco, I have made many trips to Shenzen, China to supervise printing from separations I have made for illustrated books. The printers I have worked with all have offices in Hong Kong while the factories are located in China. This is purely an economic decision. My experience has been very different from yours. The prepress staff where I work is very knowledgeable about color management as a tool to control color. While communication can be problematic, their technical expertise is equal to any other printer I've worked with in the US or Europe. Also, their effort to produce an excellent result is second to none. Like anywhere else, China has plenty of mediocre printing. But along with that there are also plenty of good ones. Best Wishes, Robert -- Robert J. Hennessey Photography Separations for Offset Printing 860 347 6999 _______________________________________________ Do not post admin requests to the list. They will be ignored. Colorsync-users mailing list (email@hidden) Help/Unsubscribe/Update your Subscription: This email sent to email@hidden
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