“The objective of the workshop is to provide hands-on experience on the complete workflow, starting from artwork using freeware to measuring dot quality on the PS plates,” said Dr TKS Lakshmi Priya, head, department of printing, Avinashilingam University.
J Veeranathan of Balaji Institute of Computer Graphics, Coimbatore handled the first day’s sessions on creating artwork using Inkscape and Scribus on 20 February 2018. He also guided the students on the designs which would later be laid out on PS plate.
The workshop, which was jointly organised by TechNova and the department, had Nagaraj of GKS Process, Coimbatore host the hands-on platemaking session for the students. The PDF with the corrected artwork of every student was then checked correctness in terms of dimensions, quality and colour separation.
The day two of the workshop involved classroom session on Basysprint CTCP, effect of certain factors in CTCP room on the dot quality of the plate etc. The third day was platemaking at GKS where the students RIP-ed the file and developed plates. Students then brought back the plates for measurement and tabulated inferences on the final day.
“We would like to emphasise the fact that, since 2015 the department has gradually migrated to open source and freeware. We are now using freeware software for graphic design, 3D modelling and multimedia on Linux Ubuntu platform. Therefore, the other objective of the workshop is to show that images created using freeware can produce good quality dots on the plate,” added Lakshmi Priya.