We believe in providing our clients with options to choose from, depending on the desired end result. That's why we offer 3 types of screening technology to fit all of your project needs.
What are screens? Screens are like the resolution in your laser printer but instead of dots per inch (dpi) we call it lines per inch (lpi). The higher the screen value the better the definition of the picture.
CrystalRaster (Stochastic/FM Screening)
This innovative printing technology provides richer colours, sharper images and greater detail. Textures and patterns really pop! Stochastic printing is ideal to showcase high quality photography.
Advocates of stochastic printing praise its colour accuracy and crisp images, giving greater clarity to textures and patterns. What's more, the lack of the halftone grid means that you will no longer struggle with moiré in photos of herringbone fabrics and other patterned items.
Many proponents feel that images printed using stochastic more closely resemble the original photography. Technically speaking, other benefits of stochastic include faster ink drying times, due to the small size of the dots. This in turn saves precious time in the production cycle.
Resolution: 210 lpi to 340 lpi
Types of Projects Best Suited for: Coffee table books, catalogues, corporate brochures, posters
Balanced (AM Screening)
AM screening or traditional screening is the typical type of printing that most printing companies offer. Screening is offered in ranges from 65 to 200 lpi and is characterized by a "Rosette" pattern of screens creating the illusion of colour. The industry standard is 150-175 lpi. It is the easiest to print and allows printing equipment to run at maximum capacity. It is therefore best suited for high volume projects.
Resolution: 65 lpi to 200 lpi
Types of Projects Best Suited for: Direct Mail, forms, books, stationery
Sublima (XM Screening)
The best of both worlds: XM screening offers the high quality of Stochastic printing with the productivity of AM screening. Sublima is offered in a range of 175 to 240 lpi. The secret to it's success: In the mid-tones of an image it creates a "Rosette" pattern traditionally seen in AM Screening combined with a random hi-definition pattern of FM Screening in the highlight areas. This creates a smooth lifelike image that can be printed at near maximum press speeds.
The best news of all is that Sublima is our default screening technology. We print at 210 lpi Sublima as our standard: a higher resolution than the industry standard.
Resolution: 175 lpi to 240 lpi – Our Default – 210 lpi
Types of Projects Best Suited for: Any type of printing