Agfa Graphics has introduced the fourth version of Arziro Design for security printing.

New functions for the Adobe Illustrator plug-in include a guilloche generator and rainbow colouring capabilities to prevent forgeries and counterfeiting.

The guilloche generator allows the operator to create guilloches that can be combined with other tools to create complex security design in Adobe Illustrator on Mac or PC. Andy Grant, global head of software at Agfa Graphics, says, “Counterfeiters are always looking for new ways to forge security prints. Therefore, in order to create effective security documents, adequate and reliable tools are needed. Arziro Design is constantly evolving to enable new security features and better performance.

“Our tools and solutions ensure effective security printing and counteract the methods used by forgers to clone, falsify or illicitly use security documents.”

Rainbow or iris printing, a rainbow colouring process used in security printing to prevent colour-accurate reproduction of the document by photocopiers or scanners, protects security documents against colour separation or copying by subtly merging colours into each other, resulting in a gradual colour change. The new rainbow functionality in Arziro Design allows security designers to view the rainbow inks while creating the document, create inkjet proofs with the rainbow print visible and generate the correct output for print.

As a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, Arziro does not run in a proprietary environment. This new version includes additional functionality in multiple modules that will boost the productivity for the creation of custom security designs. Grant adds, “With Arziro, designers can enrich existing Adobe Illustrator designs with security design elements. Our solution offers the best of both worlds: users can choose from pre-defined parameters.”

Arziro Design also includes Arziro Authenticate for authentication, track and trace and grey market detection via a smartphone; as well as Arziro Production, a prepress workflow solution adapted for the needs of the security market.

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