X-Rite, a global leader in colour science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone, have announced the expansion of its PantoneLIVE cloud-based solution for digitally communicating colour, with the addition of six new colour libraries for gravure printing. The company also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool that helps graphic designers, brands and print suppliers better compare, evaluate and visualize colours across multiple substrates and printing technologies. “PantoneLIVE was created to help share accurate and achievable colours across a package printing supply chain,” said Adrián Fernández, Vice President, PantoneLIVE, X-Rite. “In partnership with our customers, we are continuously evolving the platform to support a wide range of packaging applications and help designers easily visualize on-screen how colour palettes will appear in production. PantoneLIVE now offers over 50,000 Pantone colour choices and supports 80% of packaging applications. By increasing the depth and scope of PantoneLIVE, designers and brands are able speed up the entire packaging design process and get products to market on average four times faster.”
Six new libraries added
PantoneLIVE includes six new libraries for gravure printing technology ideal for flexible packaging and label applications. Two of the new libraries are designed to help brands and converters match colour on increasingly popular metalized flexible packaging and label structures. In total, PantoneLIVE offers 28 libraries of Pantone solids and tints tailored to specific package printing applications and technologies – such as folding cartons, labels, flexo and paper packaging. Expanding the colour libraries gives PantoneLIVE users greater choices and flexibility to determine which packaging material and processes will help brands and suppliers achieve the best possible results.
The new libraries include:
- Labels gravure process using solvent ink printed on coated paper with gloss-neutral varnish.
- Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on clear film substrate with gloss-neutral varnish.
- Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on clear film substrate over white ink with gloss-neutral varnish.
- Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink reverse printed on clear film substrate over white ink.
- Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink reverse printed on clear film substrate over white ink laminated to aluminum.
- Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on aluminum substrate over white ink with gloss-neutral varnish.
To help designers and brands visually show the variability in colours that are the result of changes in the base material, printing process and ink types, X-Rite has developed PantoneLIVE Visualizer. Available immediately at no additional cost to PantoneLIVE users, Visualizer delivers an on-screen visualization of Pantone Master colours and achievable PantoneLIVE Dependent colours. The results can be exported into print-ready PDF documents that can be shared across the supply chain to better communicate design intent. Sometimes, due to the realities of production materials and processes, the desired Pantone Master Standard colour cannot be achieved with the target substrate and printing technology. Pantone Dependent Standards are designed to represent desired Master Standards in these cases, and are the Pantone-approved best match to the Master standards. With PantoneLIVE Visualizer, users can now visually compare and assess colour selections for a variety of production scenarios.
PantoneLIVE Visualizer works with the X-Rite eXact handheld spectrophotometre, allowing users to measure the spectral colour data from existing physical materials and objectively compare multiple materials on-screen. Using the spectral data, the software will also convert local colour samples to specific Pantone and PantoneLIVE references for precise colour communication across suppliers. PantoneLIVE Visualizer should be used with a colour-managed monitor or printer for best results, said the companies. When used in conjunction with calibration tools, customers can accurately visualize the impact of printing processes, substrates and even lighting conditions on brand colours in order to make more informed decisions on colour selection and print processes.
For more information about PantoneLIVE, please visit www.pantone.com/live. Current PantoneLIVE subscribers can download the PantoneLIVE Visualizer at http://www.pantone.com/pantonelive-designer-plugin.