Changes in production methods are occurring with such magnitude, and so rapidly, that it is almost impossible to keep apprised of the latest technologies. This often leaves designers in a quandary, wondering what production direction to go. Dynamic changes in the industry have taken place before, are happening now, and will continue into the future.

We offer a full range of color digital proofs. For those clients requiring off-press contract proofs, we provide our own unique custom-color proofs.

The production options can be combined with post-press finishing including foils, varnishes, embossing, debossing, shrink-wrapping, laser cutting and die-cutting.

The advent of digital color has been a breakthrough for designers and print production in general. We can now accurately (what is your level of accuracy?) proof color efficiently and cost effectively without going on press. There are multiple ink technologies being used today, and the three most common, Inkjet, Eco-Solvent, and UV curable are supported at A2A Studio.

Digital color gets tricky in understanding how CMYK proofing is done when the colors in a printer can include Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Orange, Green, Violet (and others!). The key is to limit color gamut on the proofing end to match that of the final press output. Why show vibrant blues, greens and oranges that cannot be reproduced within the CMYK gamut?

A2A sets out to match the Lab values of all spot colors in a file to a standard dE <2. All new colors are matched, profiled, and added into our library. We recognize that this is often a challenge, but producing the finest quality and most accurate work is our goal.

Our eco-solvent printer has the ability to print both White and Metallic Silver inks without any downtime as they are always in the printer and ready to go. White is critical, especially in packaging, when printing on a clear substrate such as shrink film, polybags and labels. The Silver can vary in reflectivity from the look of an ink to a replication of a foil. A silver base provides the capability to create a full family of metallics through digital ink mixing.

Our UV flatbed printer has been configured with an inline primer, clear ink and two channels of white. These inks, in addition to CMYK, allow us to print combinations of colors and effects including directly printing to a variety of substrates including metals, glass, plastics, wood and stone.

Additionally, with our kebab accessory we can print rotationally onto cylindrical objects. The opportunity to prototype directly onto cans and glass bottles with color and texture opens up a new level of creativity while shortening time to market.