Softproof – Halfone Screening Simulation

Veripress / Serendipity Blackmagic (Soft Proofing Add-on) 9.0 adds halftone Screen Simulation for soft proofing.

Screen Simulation applies a simulated halftone screen to the currently viewed softproof, allowing users to preview how the job will appear when output by a press or when screen printed.

Activating Screen Simulation in SoftProof

To apply a simulated screening to a SoftProof job:

  • Open the job in the SoftProof application
  • 6.ScreenSimulation-softproofPress the Screen Simulation button, located in the view buttons on the right of the SoftProof interface, or via the SoftProof > View menu > Screen Simulation option

5.ScreenSimulation-Button-InActiveSoftProof will then apply the configured screening to the soft proof job.

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When screen simulation has been applied to the currently loaded soft proof job, the Screen Simulation button (and View menu option) will be indicated in red.

4.ScreenSimulation-Button-active

Reverting Screen Simulation

To remove the screen simulation from the soft proof job, restoring the contone original:

  • Select the SoftProof > File menu > Revert option

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NOTE – Applying a Screen Simulation to a soft proof job is a one way operation, the contone data for the loaded image is lost. Revert reloads the original contone job, any scaling or view options will be reverted to the default on-load settings.

Configuring Screening and Angles for Screen Simulation

To configure the precise halftone screening that will be applied to soft proof job when the Screen Simulation function is activated:

  • Select the Softproof > File menu > Screening Settings option to open the Screen Simulation Settings pop-up window.
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Screening Simulation Settings

(This option is also accessible via the SoftProof right-click (contextual) menu > File menu).

  • Select the required dot shape from the Dot Shape: dropdown menu
Dot Shape: dropdown menu

Dot Shape: dropdown menu

  • Starting the Cyan plate, click Edit… to configure the Angle (degrees): and Frequency (LPI): to be used for soft proof job plates.

3.ScreenSimulation-Settings-Edit

  • Click Apply to save the settings for the current plate.
  • Click Next to proceed to the next plate.

 

 

(Screening and angles are configured via SoftProof > File menu > Screening Settings…). When Screen Simulation is active, the function button in the SoftProof window will change to red.

 

Revert – reloads the original or printed preview file, reverting any effects that have been applied to the job in the SoftProof application.

SoftProof Settings – …

Screening Settings (Veripress / Blackmagic Softproofing Add-on only) – Opens the Screening Simulation Settings window, used to configure the halftone screening applied to the currently viewed softproof when the Screen Simulation View option is active. Options include:

Dotshape – Choose the dot shape to suit requirements from round, inverted round, elliptical, inverted elliptical, diamond, euclidean, or line. This is applied to all plates in the Defaults panel.

Defaults – Use this to select the default screen angle values, and LPI based on the display resolution.

Edit Button – Select this to manually enter values for each plate.

Angle,Degrees – Enter the desired angle for each plate.

Screen,LPI – Enter the desired screen ruling for each plate.

Screen Simulation (Veripress / Blackmagic Softproofing Add-On only) – This option applies a simulated halftone screen to the currently viewed softproof, allowing users to preview how the job will appear when output by a press or when screen printed. (Screening and angles are configured via SoftProof > File menu > Screening Settings…). When Screen Simulation is active, the function button in the SoftProof window will change to red.

 

 

 

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