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F.A.Q.

PRINTING

What is offset printing?
Offset printing is a widely used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process (which is based on the repulsion of oil and water), the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a film of water, keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
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What are the advantages of offset printing?
Consistent high-quality images. Offset printing produces sharper and cleaner images and type than digital printing. The print quality is generally better than in digital printing. It works on a wide range of printing surfaces, including paper, wood, cloth, metal, leather, rough paper and plastic.
Cheaper for high volume printing and a wide colour gamut, offset printing can accurately reproduce colours from the Pantone Matching System, while digital methods only simulate Pantone colour using four-colour printing.

How big is the quality difference between offset and digital printing?
The quality difference can vary from almost negligible to significant. Most photographs and text will reproduce well on our high-end digital press. However, if a job has large solid areas of colour, offset printing will achieve much better print quality.

What type of paper should I choose for offset printing?
Offset presses print well on any type of paper.

What is four-colour process?
It is a means of printing coloured illustrations in which the artwork is separated into its primary printing colours: yellow, magenta, cyan and black.


WEB

What's happening behind the screen on my website?
Even though we take care of every step of the web creation process at BF Technic Arts, it may be interesting for you to know how this works. We will try to provide some information about this, but do not hesitate to contact us for more details.
A running website is a combination of three main services: a domain name, a server that hosts the pages of the website, and a web design service to create and code the files that compose each page.
- Domain name: It is a unique name that identifies an Internet site. When a visitor enters your domain name in the web browser of a computer, they will be connected to the pages of your website. Your domain name links the visitor to your web pages, and these are all hosted on a server (see below). A domain name needs to be registered, usually for at least one year. Each registration (.com, .net, .org, etc.) is assigned by ICANN, a non-profit corporation created in September 1998 to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks. Registrations for .ca domain names are assigned by CIRA/ACEI.
- Hosting service (server): Your website files must be saved on the hard drive of a computer (a server) that is continuously connected to the Internet. These files will then be read by visitors who enter your domain name in the web browser of their computer.
- Web design services: For internet viewing, files must be coded in specific programming languages that are readable by web browsers. These languages allow for the combination of any text and pre-designed graphics that may be included in the layout of a web page. Each screen displayed on your computer is a web page composed of at least one file. A website is composed of web pages linked together. In this way, each web page or screen looks like a page of a booklet.

Content management system (CMS)
It is a computer application used to create, edit, manage, search and publish various kinds of digital media and electronic text. CMSs are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentation such as news articles, operators' manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures. The content managed may include computer files, image media, audio files, video files, electronic documents, and Web content. These concepts represent integrated and interdependent layers. There are various nomenclatures known in this area: Web Content Management, Digital Asset Management, Digital Records Management, Electronic Content Management and so on. The bottom line for these systems is managing content and publishing, with a workflow if required.
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PHOTOGRAPHY

New image processing: HDR (High Dynamic Range)
The human eyes capture images perfectly. Current digital photography, like the “good old film", is unable to create high lighting and dark side contrast with a lot of details, in the same time, like our eyes can. You can be faced with this situation when you have to photograph something with a high contrast (ex. a monument with cloudy sky, or a house interior showing exterior views through windows).
A High Dynamic Range (HDR) process accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to shadows. Highlightings from the underexposed images and shadows from the overexposed frames are blended together to create a more natural look.
The photographer can combine a large series of exposures into a single image that includes the tones and details of the entire series. The process is very difficult, as an appropriate range of lighting must be found that keeps soft and dark hues, and does not result in a caricature?

Virtual tour
A virtual tour is a computer presentation of a real place where geometrical properties of space are conveyed to human eyes so that you feel you are actually there.

Spherical tour
A virtual Tour, going through 360 degrees from the starting view.




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