We are one of the very few companies in the Netherlands still providing film output image setting service. Our high-quality Screen Katana 5055 film imagesetter is capable of producing films up to 550 x 1160 mm. Negative, positive, with emulsion up or down in a standard resolution of 2400 or 3000 dpi.
Film output: the advantages
High max. density (D>4);
Calibrated halftone dots;
Dimensionally stable and scratch resistant:
Short delivery times, orders before 2.30 p.m. are shipped the same day;
Pick up is possible, for when you really need it quickly;
Use of branded film only (Agfa-Gevaert), no inkjet technology;
One contact point, accurate and fast response;
Various file formats are possible;
No investment required on your part;
Proven technology on a well maintained system;
Easy visual control of the films;
The minimum order value is € 8.75, excl. VAT & shipping costs;
A5 - 148 x 210 mm.: € 8.75 per film A4 - 210 x 297 mm.: € 10.00 per film A3 - 297 x 420 mm.: € 11.75 per film A2 - 420 x 594 mm.: € 21.75 per film
B5 - 176 x 250 mm.: € 9.50 per film B4 - 250 x 353 mm.: € 10.75 per film B3 - 353 x 500 mm.: € 13.25 per film B2 - 500 x 707 mm.: € 23.25 per film
The longest side of the document determines the format. There is an additional margin of 10 mm. around, before the next format is calculated. The short side must be within that format. For an indication of the dimension of your film, please download this handy excel sheet.
We do not charge setup fees;
For films with a resolution of 3000 dpi there is a surcharge of 25%;
Our prices are exclusive DTP-costs, VAT and shipping costs;
The minimum rate we charge you is the price of A5 film;
The page size that you supply determines the price, at an extra charge we can combine smaller formats to a larger format;
Our imagesetter is custom calibrated according to DIN 866/B standards, with a tolerance of 0.1 mm. per meter;
We do not use inkjet technology for film output, but only light sensitive film material from Agfa-Gevaert to ensure the highest quality.
Do you need films that are longer than 71 cm. and need a quick price? Below is a price indication for these sizes up to a maximum length of 116 cm. The maximum width is 55 cm. If you want to have films at 3000 dpi, please take into account a surcharge of 25%.
Film length up to:
75 cm. € 25.25 per film 80 cm. € 26.25 per film 85 cm. € 27.25 per film
90 cm. € 28.25 per film 95 cm. € 29.00 per film 100 cm. € 30.00 per film
105 cm. € 31.00 per film 110 cm. € 32.00 per film 116 cm. € 33.25 per film
What are the shipping rates?
We produce your films in the Netherlands and send them all over Europe* / worldwide**. Based on the weight of your parcel, these are the current rates within Europe*:
up to 20 gsm € 1.45 up to 50 gsm € 2.90 up to 100 gsm € 4.35 up to 350 gsm € 8.70
up to 2000 gsm € 9,80 parcel post up to 2 kg. € 15.50 parcel post up to 5 kg. € 22.00
For envelopes, there is a maximum size of 370 x 260 x 32 mm. and a maximum weight of 2 kg. These are sent without track & trace unless otherwise indicated by you;
Films greater than 370 x 260 mm., are send as parcel post with track & trace;
Small mailing tubes that fit the letterbox, are not used by us. These tubes regularly get lost. Therefore films larger than 370 x 260 mm. are sent as parcel post;
For the delivery time of the film, you can look under the tab "delivery".
*Europe: Belgium, Denmark (excl. Faroe Islands and Greenland), Germany, France, (incl. Corsica and Monaco), Italy (excl. San Marino and Vatican City), Luxembourg, Austria, Spain (incl. Balearic Islands, excl. Canary Islands), United Kingdom (excl. Gibraltar and the Channel Islands), Sweden. **Other countries: price on request.
When to expect your films
Files that are delivered before 2.30 p.m., are often processed and shipped the same day, both with the post as the package service of PostNL, depending on the size. The films can be sent as express mail or as registered mail. You can check the rates for letters and packages on the site of PostNL. These rates will be charged. During the holidays PostNL uses a custom delivery dates. For more information, visit postnl.nl/feestdagen. Our advice is to send the films during those periods as a package with T&T.
By default, the films are sent in a sturdy envelope by regular mail, without track & trace. Parcel post is sent with track & trace. There are extra charges for the T&T. With parcel post, you will receive an email from shipment@citymail (onlineparcel) with the track & trace code.
We cannot accept any liability for envelopes or packages that are lost or delivered too late by third parties.
Films for offset printing are positive or negative - emulsion side down;
Films for screen print are positive - emulsion side up;
Films for photopolymer plates (letterpress and flexo) are negative - emulsion side up.
If you need films with emulsion side down or negative films, it's not necessary to deliver your files in this way, our imagesetter ensures the correct settings.
Film emulsion side up, the text is readable;
Film emulsion side down, the text is in mirror print;
Positive: image is black, non-printing areas are transparent;
Negative: image is transparent, non-printing areas are black.
At the images above, the emulsion side of the film is on the front.
The emulsion side is important. The emulsion side of the film should be placed on the emulsion side of the exposed material, to avoid parallax errors during the exposure.
1. Light source. 2. Polyester base layer film. 3. Emulsion side film. 4. Emulsion side receiving material. 5. Base layer receiving material.
Fig. 1 and 2 are based on positive film.
Fig. 1: Correct exposure, emulsion against emulsion. Fig. 2: Wrong exposure, the light can spread in the base layer of the film, which causes a difference in the image width on the receiving material. Narrower in case of positive film, wider in case of negative film.
Dots per inch
The correct name should be ppi (pixels per inch), but over the years the term dpi is more established. DPI should not be confused with lpi. LPI specifies the lines of dots as grey and colour tones are converted to dots (see "Lpi and images”). So dpi (dots per inch) indicates the number of points the laser imagesetter will expose on one inch, both horizontally and vertically. By default, our laser imagesetter is set to 2400 dpi. For comparison, a bureau laser printer has a dpi usually between the 600 and 1200 dpi.
The higher the dpi, the sharper the image. The image above - highly magnified - displays the output effect of 400 dpi and 2400 dpi. Especially with round or angled forms the jagged pixels, become visible. DPI is especially important for (scanned) line drawings. A line drawing consists only of black or white and contains no shades. To get a qualitative print, the scanned image should be at least 600 dpi, preferably higher. With 1800-3000 dpi, you get the maximum output quality from our laser image setter. Line drawings scanned on a lower resolution than 2400 dpi will never become 2400 dpi.
Lines per inch
If (black and white) pictures or flat tones are to be printed, the raster image processor of the imagesetter will convert them into a pattern of dots. The lpi value is the number of lines per inch of these dots, also called the line screen. The basic principles for this conversion are the following:
Large dots with a small amount of white in between, represent the dark tones;
Small dots, with a large amount of white in between, represent the light tones;
Dots with a more or less equal amount of black and white, represent the middle tones;
High lpi values equal more detail in the picture;
A smooth surface can be printed with a high lpi value;
A rough surface must be printed with a low lpi value;
Printing on a smooth surface with a too low lpi value may contain insufficient detail;
Printing on a rough surface with a too high lpi value can cause the darker shades to clog up.
For photos and flat tones, you need to specify how many lines per inch you want. The correct setting depends on the printing technique and the surface to be printed. Below you will find an overview of the default settings of our imagesetter with the lpi and (rounded) lpcm values.
45 lines per inch = 18 lines per cm. 53 lines per inch = 21 lines per cm. 65 lines per inch = 26 lines per cm. 74 lines per inch = 29 lines per cm. 85 lines per inch = 33 lines per cm. 100 lines per inch = 40 lines per cm.
120 lines per inch = 48 lines per cm. 133 lines per inch = 52 lines per cm. 140 lines per inch = 55 lines per cm. 150 lines per inch = 60 lines per cm. 162 lines per inch = 64 lines per cm. 180 lines per inch = 70 lines per cm.
The lpi values from 45 to 100 are a safe choice for screenprint, letterpress and flexographic printing. The lpi values from 120 to 180 are often used for offset printing. Halftone images are often printed with an angle of 45°. Depending on the printing technique used and the number of colours, this may vary.
In screen printing, the mesh density and the angle at which a mesh is stretched are factors in the choice of a LPI-value and angle. There is a lot of information about this on the internet, unfortunately this information is not clear. It is therefore best to request this information from your mesh supplier (or ink supplier). But for general guidance, you can download a manual here.
halftone grayscale: lpi low, angle 45º
halftone grayscale: lpi high, angle 45º
The shape of the dot
By default, our films have the following dot shapes:
Other dot shapes: If you need a different dot shape, we ask a small fee for making the right settings and calibration.
Round euclidian dot
Elliptical euclidian dot
Square euclidian dot
You can also dither your files in photoshop. We advise you to make a few tests before you are going to use this technique. Our Imagesetter is also capable of outputting stochastic fm screens. These frequency modulated screens contain no recognisable pattern. Ask us about the possibilities.
For a hassle-free operation please use the following guidelines:
When exporting to pdf in Adobe programs, use the default setting PDF/X-1a: 2001. For Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator you can download these job options. For Adobe Photoshop you can use slightly different job options (zip files, please unpack before use);
Convert fonts to outlines;
No unused colour separations in the file. Please check for the correct colour separation (most of the Adobe programs have a panel for this);
Please check your black colour separation (no built up black from cmyk or rgb);
When creating pdf files, please check that the compression for line art (monochromatic images) is off;
Or choose Bicubic downsampling to 2400 ppi for images larger than 2500 ppi;
When using halftone raster images. Please specify the LPI or LPCM (lpi: 2.54 = lpcm);
If you need films with emulsion side down or negative films, it’s not necessary to deliver your files in this way, our imagesetter ensures the correct settings;
Trim marks, registry marks, colour marks, control strips, etc., must be already in the file.
Other file formats such as CorelDraw and cad-files can also be exposed, contact us about the proper delivery of these files. On this page, you will find more information about the delivery of files.
Extra large films
If you need films greater than size 550 x 1160 mm., we can output the films in parts with overlap. Please note, the overlap may not contain any halftone raster images.
Sometimes the submitted files must be corrected before they are exposed. We can offer the following solutions:
▪ OCR (Optical Character Recognition); ▪ Cleaning up text.
▪ Scanning of positives and negatives; ▪ Colour correcting images; ▪ Retouche images; ▪ Upsampling pixel images and logos; ▪ Vectorisation of logos (conversion of pixels images to vector images).
▪ Lay out text and images; ▪ Text and image conversion; ▪ Text and image extraction; ▪ Edit and customize pdf files; ▪ Make Microsoft documents suitable for print.
DTP specific for film output
▪ Add printer marks etc. to the files; ▪ Imposition of PDF files; ▪ Conversion of PDF files to Indesign, Illustrator or Microsoft Word; ▪ Conversion of RGB and CMYK black to real black (100% K).