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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Judging Criteria for the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

Items will be judged for their execution in utilizing the technologies represented in the competition (screen & digital). Additional images produced with other processes are allowed, but will not be included in the judges scoring decision. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry that fails to conform to the overall contest rules, or, any sample that is entered in the wrong category or subgroup of a category.

Evaluation by the judging team will be based on the following criteria and point values. A total of forty (40) points is the maximum score individual entries can receive. Outstanding samples would be rated high in each of the four criteria. Different judging criteria are used for screen printed and digitally imaged entries as outlined below:

Screen Printed Entries

Print Quality (Rate from 0-10 points)

Sawtooth, mesh marks, smears, bleeding, missing or blocked edges, ink strings or static strings, loss of detail, ghost image, uneven ink deposit, mottling, bubbling, fisheyes, pinholes, dirt repair marks, ink trails, streaks, substrate show-through.

Color Appearance (Rate from 0-10 points)

Bleeding, opacity, transparency, dot gain, moiré, poor tonal range in 4-color process, muted color in 4-color process, color streaks, color consistency edge to edge.

Registration (Rate from 0-10 points)

Poor trapping, image distortion, butt-to-butt gaps, poor placement on substrate, distorted rosette in 4-color process, objectionable color overlap, excessive color overlap, registration for finishing processes, etc.

Job Complexity (Rate from 0-10 points)

Substrate difficulties, image size, number of printing colors, line count, special inks, vignettes, close tolerance, etc. The equipment limitations of the school will be given consideration in this judging category.

Digitally Imaged Entries

Image Quality (Rate from 0-10 points)

Image banding, streaking, satellite dots, image sharpness, smearing, proper ink limits, resolution.

Color Appearance (Rate from 0-10 points)

Color consistency, gamut and accuracy, print contrast, brightness.

Creativity (Rate from 0-10 points)

General feeling about the overall appearance including color impact, visual interest, etc.

Job Complexity (Rate from 0-10 points)

Substrate difficulties, image challenges, finishing difficulty. The equipment limitations of the school will be given consideration
in this judging category.

Judging will take place during the 2015 SGIA Expo being held November 4 - 6, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.