A halftone dot that does not have uniform density over its entire surface and may also have a soft fringe, commonly produced by digital image-setters. Contact exposure to another piece of film will burn away the indistinct area and produce a hard dot. This is an important area for calibration and quality-control checks since small variances in dot size can create dramatic changes in color reproduction.
A halftone dot which prints with an excessive graduated halo instead of a sharp edge.
An excessively large halo around a dot in a photograph that causes a fringe that diminishes the dot intensity.
Halation or fringe around the edge of a dot which is excessive and almost equals the area of the dot itself. to top
A dot is referred to as ‘soft’ when the halo surrounding it is excessive and almost equals the area of the dot itself.
A dot in photographic images that has excessive halation around its edges.
In lithography, a dot is called "soft" when a halation or fringe around the dot is evident or excessive. On the other hand the reverse would be true if the dot had little or no fringe noticeable and the dot is very sharp, this would be considered a "hard" dot. A hard dot can be made by etching or contact work.
Excessive halation around a halftone dot.