Bad Black Backgrounds

I have had a few comments about the black background in the GSL photos in the Contest Issue (#206). At first, I thought they just didnʻt like the black background, but after getting more than “normal” emails/posts on this, and since I havenʻt received my office boxed copies yet, I opened up my personal copy in the poly bag tonight.

Man oh Man. The GSL photos are: BAD BAD BAD!!!!

Something seriously went wrong with the printing of this issue. I apologize to everyone who sent me emails/notes on this, but I really thought the photos were going to come out great. On my proofs, they were fine. They were almost perfect when I printed them as my proofs, which is supposed to calibrated from screen to printer, but the printed ones in the magazine: OMG!!!

Some were okay, but the ones, well, most of them, OUCH! I will see what printer says, because the digital proof was okay also. From what I remember in doing the mag in Denver, everything could be adjusted when the press was run. Someone should have seen this. It should have been caught, ink levels adjusted, or something. So, yes, the black backgrounds came out terrible in a lot of the GSL photos. Some were okay, but most of them, OMG. I will try and post the layout online, and you can kind of see the difference. With the way different monitors and screens are, not everyone will see the same colors/contrasts, but I think the original layouts will show what I was dealing with.

I feel terrible about this. I know we all learn from our misteaks, and this is one lesson I will never make again.

Sorry about this.

Gregg