Color-Logic introduces Pattern Plug-In for graphic designers

colorlogicplugin-inColor-Logic, developer of the Process Metallic Color System, has released a new set of specialized palettes enabling graphic designers to instantly apply seamless patterns to their designs. The new designer palettes (called Pattern-FX) when used with the Color-Logic system, may be utilized for metallic ink printing or to generate complex white ink masks for printing on metallic substrates. In addition to primary metallic effects, each pattern may be used as an effect pattern for embossing or coatings. Pattern-FX is available from certified Color-Logic licensees.

colorlogicplugin1-in“Patterns are currently very popular and are widely used for both background and packaging designs,” said Color-Logic Chief Technical Officer Richard Ainge. “The Color-Logic pre-designed palettes open up new revenue opportunities, enabling graphic designers to prepare flawless metallic patterns within Adobe Illustrator with just a single mouse click. Our first release of 20 patterns provides designers with six versions each of four metallic special effects – plus a varnish and an emboss setting, for a total of 120 effects. Pattern-FX reduces to just a few seconds what would require most designers several hours to create manually. And because the patterns are seamless, they’re scalable and can be used for all types of printing and packaging applications, including wide-format printing.”

Ainge added that each pattern can be further controlled by applying one of the 250 metallic colours already available in the Color-Logic system, or may be used in combination to create multiple effects – such as a metallic embossed and varnished element – to any design. Beyond the 20 different patterns included in the initial release, additional volumes are scheduled for release later in the year. “Pattern-FX enables designers to dazzle their corporate or brand clients with metallics at a new level,” Ainge added.

Color-Logic develops colour communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special-effect printing applications. The technology utilizes the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.