Defining “Acceptable” Colour

Determining what is an acceptable colour match can be challenging, especially if there is a group of people assessing the colour. It’s not uncommon for 3 people to see three different versions of the same colour.  How can this be, you ask. Here are a few fun facts about colour: Two identical Pantone color guides … Read more →

Colour Management setup and maintenace

A predictable colour management system can take time to set up but the rewards will come with reduced waste, less time chasing colour and more time printing. Set-Up It starts by confirming that all RIPs are using the same reference colour space. GRACoL has become the industry standard for digital and sheetfed devices. Check how … Read more →

Colour Management Updates

GRACoL 2013 In 2006 GRACoL created the first reference printing condition for commercial printing in North America. To keep up with changes the GRACoL committee has introduced an updated version called GRACoL 2013 which is almost identical to the 2006 specification. A few minor changes have been made but they are barely visible to anyone … Read more →

To verify or not to verify

In the world of colour and colour reproduction the trend is moving towards printing to specifications or standards. This is no surprise to a lot of people but what is less evident is the need to quantify and verify your colour reproduction. As we move towards printing to specific colour specifications it makes the job … Read more →

Spotlight on Proofing

Contract proofing has come a long way. We have moved from analog systems to inkjet printers and the majority of today’s software RIPs have matured to a point where it’s a much simpler wizard-based process to create a new paper calibration and profile. Canon has entered the arena with a new printer called the iPF6450 … Read more →

Colour in the Cloud

I find it very interesting when technology changes the way we do things. In this case it has to do with one of my favorite topics – colour. Colour is moving from individual computers to a shared cloud-based system. This change allows everyone in the production chain access to colour but more importantly it allows … Read more →

Colour harmony

I have always been a fan of a product that solves a problem, but what if people don’t even know they have a problem. Then I guess it’s my duty to tell them the bad news and explain how to solve it. Ok, I know that sounds a bit pompous, but let me explain before … Read more →

Preparing images for press

If you are one of the millions of people that think converting to CMYK simply means going to Image / Mode / CMYK and viola you have a CMYK image ready for press, you may want to think again. The reality is that there are numerous flavours of CMYK, from Web to Sheetfed and coated to uncoated. Simply choosing the default may not be your best choice. The goal is to target your image using the correct flavour of CMYK. But what are the specific printing conditions or flavours? Lets break them down.

Four steps to colour standardization in print

We all know the Holy Grail for every printer is to print jobs quickly and efficiently, to match the proof, to use as little ink as possible and to have a minimal amount of wastage, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Proofs don’t always match, jobs get pulled off press and clients are asked to wait and are given more bad coffee.