GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software, has announced the latest version of GMG OpenColor, its award-winning multi-channel profiling software. The highlight of GMG OpenColor 2.0.6 is the ability to create quality separation and preview profiles to Adobe Photoshop and Packz from Hybrid Software. For existing customers of OpenColor, the latest version offers a new function to calculate separations in a very flexible and convenient way, via rules that can be applied to entire spot-colour libraries for calculating the best matches for the separation. GMG OpenColor profiling can characterize offset, flexo and gravure printing processes with 10-plus colours of overprinting inks. It does this by applying mathematical models that predict the ink interplay for specific processes and substrates – without requiring extensive fingerprint data. In fact, even without any data, based on pure math, GMG OpenColor has the capability to predict process-specific ink overprints. The company added that with GMG OpenColor 2.0.6, GMG is now taking the next step to open up new possibilities for third-party applications, including:
- Adobe Photoshop. With a direct connection to the GMG ColorPlugin integrated in Photoshop, GMG OpenColor 2.0.6 offers new predictive, on-the-fly profiling for layers and/or selections – from CMYK to any combination of process colours and spot colours. The new OpenColor Preview function in Photoshop provides a colour-accurate preview with OpenColor prediction technology, so that all changes are immediately visualized. Profiling any channel change with a mouse click, GMG OpenColor “turns difficult colour separation and re-separation tasks into simple ones that anyone can master.”
- Packz. Packz is a PDF-based prepress tool suite for professional package and label production. GMG OpenColor can connect to Packz to bring dynamically created GMG profiles to another solution. Packz, with GMG OpenColor profiles, can easily re-separate jobs to reduce or optimize the number of plates on a press (replacing magenta with a spot colour or separate spot colours, and overprints to a 7-colour extended colour gamut printing process). “These complex re-separation tasks, very difficult in the past, can now be achieved on the fly,” said GMG.