Idealliance (Alexandria, Virginia) has released Volume 21 of its Guide to Print Production “packed full” of leading practices, standards and specifications for print and packaging. The organization added that this most recent edition marks “a new milestone” for its Guide to Print Production, as the popular publication will now be offered as a textbook, printed on-demand and designed to serve as the definitive reference guide to the critical science of colour reproduction. It was created by the Idealliance Print Properties Committee – composed of professionals from brands and print buyers, creative and design, print service providers, and manufacturing and technology partners – as an “everyday resource” to be used in creation and production. The practical handbook is for anyone invested in the process of printed communications. At the heart of this guide are the standards and specifications that make colour possible and practical, said Idealliance. For example, the guide includes Idealliance’s G7 specification, the world’s leading colour specification, along with other science-based approaches to accurate, repeatable colour reproduction. Using G7 and related processes explained in this guide “will move every member of the print supply chain towards greater efficiency and profitability.” The book is organized into three parts. The first covers basic information about colour print reproduction and is designed specially to benefit students and newcomers to the industry. The second part lays out the work of Idealliance and its standards-development, training and certification programs to improve professional competency and workflow efficiency. The third part is the core of the Guide to Print Production and contains current, practical descriptions of specifications defining graphic communications colour workflow – including G7, GRACoL and SWOP. This section goes in-depth for colour, design and print management on the specific data sets, targets, procedures and workflow dynamics to be considered in print and packaging creation and production. The guide goes a step further and takes the industry into the future by describing vital new processes initiated and supported by Idealliance’s scientific, standards-based approach with Extended Colour Gamut (ECG) printing and Spot Colour Tone Value (SCTV).
“This Guide to Print Production series has been serving the print and packaging industry and Idealliance members for more than twenty years,” said Jordan Gorski, Senior Vice President at Idealliance. “The guide is one part of how we train the current and future generations of our industry by offering expert training and certification in a wide range of print and packaging processes, as well as certification of systems and facilities to ensure workflow reliability. Idealliance serves as a global leader in new workflow standards and specifications and technical papers and guidelines, and with the guide, our GAMUT podcast, and regular updates, we keep the professionals informed of new trends in the industry. Plus, the Idealliance Print Properties Committee – its chair Ron Ellis and the other members’ contributions – must be recognized for their additional support and many hours making the guide possible,” Gorski added. Below are valued partners and sponsors of Idealliance’s Guide to Print Production:
GTI Graphic Technology
Dupont Advanced Printing
Fujifilm North America
MacDermid Printing Solutions