Creating The Image
High-end scanning and imagesetting systems continue to push the limits of image manipulation and consistency.
WORKING TOGETHER, scanners and imagesetters provide the powerful and precise images needed to create the products your customers expect and deserve.
"Today's properly managed workflows allow close monitoring of input [scanner] and output [imagesetter] conditions to assure the consistency of the desired results," says Al Eddy, special promotions manager for electronic imagining at Fujifilm. "If printing parameters are known, the scanner can be the first level of control to create image files that already have the proper characteristics of a press and/or printing condition 'embedded' in them. This allows imagesetters to run at optimum calibration settings. ICC profiling and the improvement of color management can enhance this further."
This is especially true given the strong push towards a totally digital work environment. Scanners can be the first step towards building a digital shop.
"Scanners facilitate a full digital workflow," explains Eric Carlson, product manager for ECRM. "Scanners need to be properly calibrated to correctly separate and capture color. Imagesetters don't produce color, they just output color separations created earlier in the workflow."
Hot Scanning Trends
To begin the printing process, you need to capture an image—quickly.
"The speed level keeps increasing, and that's what customers can't get enough of," notes Javier Mahmoud, regional sales manager for Screen (USA). "Batch scanning is gaining in popularity because you can line up several scans and let the scanner treat each one as a different file. It automatically saves the scan and goes on to the next one, and so on."
Vendors are also reporting the need to provide full purpose scanners to handle both high-end color and copy dot applications, as well as the ability to scan film separations for an all-digital workflow required with computer-to-plate (CTP) output. Twin-plate technology, multi-lens systems and zoom lenses are other hot scanner trends.