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Five coffee-table books by Spenta Multimedia - The Noel D'Cunha Sunday Column

08 April 2017

Forget quiz books and comic books, treat your colleagues and loved ones with the coffee-table books produced by Mumbai-based Spenta Multimedia.

The five gems are 7000 Museums: A project for the Republic of India; Bombay Bar Association - A legacy of law; The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai; Jewellery Trend Book 2018; and Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar are the successful print jobs produced by Spenta.

In this Sunday Column, we share how Spenta created these five gems.

job-one-2 7000 Museums: A project for the Republic of India

Top job - one

Title: 7000 Museums: A project for the Republic of India
Book launch: Displayed at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
Designer/author: Only colour correction of images done by Spenta Multimedia
Publisher: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai city museum, an institution of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
Pre-press: CTP platemaking on Screen with TechNova plates
Press: Heidelberg sheetfed press. Interestingly, Spenta houses 14 units of 28x40-inch Heidelberg presses
Post-press: Finishing: Aqueous varnish on all the pages.
Art: Four-colour printing
Paper (text plus cover page): Rendezvous Natura
Post-press: Section-sewing plus perfect binding
Finishing: Shrink-wrap
Comment about the book: This book is comprised of a comprehensive body of artworks with oil paintings, water colours and sculptural assemblages.
What according to you was the most interesting aspect of the print job: The book mainly features painting, therefore matching the colours was the main challenge.

Top job - two

Title: Bombay Bar Association - A legacy of law
Book launch date: November 2015
Designer/author: Printed by Spenta Multimedia
Publisher's brief: The Bombay Bar Association, one of the oldest in the country, is an association of lawyers practising in the Bombay High Court.
Time duration from design to completion: Approximately one and half months.

job-two

Pre-press: CTP platemaking on Screen with TechNova plates
Press: Heidelberg sheetfed press
Post press: Spot UV
Art: CMYK plus four-colour
Paper (text plus cover page): Inside paper: Imported matt
Post-press: Section-sewing plus hardbound
Comment on the book: This book traces the history of the Bombay Bar Association over more than 150 years.
What according to you was the most interesting aspect of the print job: Quick turnaround time for the book launch.

Top job - three

Title: The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
Book launch date: November 2015
Designer/author: Printed by Spenta Multimedia
Publisher's brief: Observer Research Foundation is a leading non-particisan Indian think tank that seeks to influence public policy formulation.
Time duration from design to completion: One week to complete the printing. If someone told Spenta that a turnaround wasn’t possible, the Spenta team would find a way or at least come up with a workaround that achieved the same effect. The company has a record of quick makreadies and has achieved 111 plate changes in 72 hours.

job-three

Pre-press: CTP platemaking on Screen with TechNova plates
Press: Heidelberg sheetfed press
Post press: Matt lamination
Art: CMYK
Paper (text plus cover page): Inside paper: Renoir Extra White
Post-press: Section sewing plus hardbound
Comment about the book: This book has emerged out of the citizen-driven initiative to nominate Mumbai’s 19th and 20th century, the urban ensemble of Victorian and art decors building as a UNESCO world heritage site.
What according to you was the most interesting aspect of the print job: Output of the images and colours have been enhanced.

Top job - four

Title: Jewellery Trend Book 2018
Book launch date: 19 March 2017
Publisher's brief: The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India are the apex body of commerce ministry. It is an august body of 6000 plus manufacturers and exporters of India.
Time duration from design to completion: Printing of the books done within 10 days.
Pre-press: CTP platemaking on Screen with TechNova plates
Press: Heidelberg sheetfed press
Post-press: Finishing: Embossing, UV, gold foiling and gloss spot UV on galley.
Art: Four-colour
Paper (text plus cover page): Inside paper: Garda Kiara 150 gsm

job-four

Post press: Aqueous coating on all pages, section-sewing plus hardbound with slipcase.
Comment about the book: It’s the first ever jewellery handbook published in India culminated after a one and half year research, the book is a ready reckoner for the jewellery industry to define trends of tomorrow.
What according to you was the most interesting aspect of the print job: Registration of gold pattern and spot UV on the cover logo.

Top job - five

Title: Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
Book launch date: 6 December 2015
Designer/author: Printed by Spenta Multimedia
Publisher's brief: Public Relations Officer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
Pre-press: CTP platemaking on Screen with TechNova plates
Press: Heidelberg sheetfed press
Post press: Gold foiling and golden edge gilding and aqueous varnish on all the books
Art: CMYK plus Pantone shade plus gold
Paper (text plus cover page): Inside paper: Velvet extra white
Post-press: Section sewing plus hardbound with slipcase

job-five

Comment about the book: The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has paid homage to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on behalf of all Mumbaikars by publishing this photo-biography which highlights his life, work and vision.
What according to you was the most interesting aspect of the print job: Special colour printing. A good printer should understand inks; and Spenta has done just that.

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