What is happening in the packaging and branding world: News from IDEAlliance, Pantone, CGS and GMG.
Chromix have just started a series of videos, showing useful tips and tricks for their ColorThink utility software. The first installment details how to use ColorThink to check and evaluate a printer linearization. Future videos will be posted both on YouTube and Chromix’ own ColorWiki.
If you are on the market for a digital press, there is a wide range of devices and front-ends to choose between. One starting point for getting the best possible output quality within your budget and price range, is to evaluate engines that has achieved an independent third-party quality certification. IDEAlliance has provided such certifications [...]
Ultraviolet light has become a bigger issue in color management for print lately. At the G7 Forum and Tech Conference hosted by IDEAlliance in Chicago this week, many of the discussions involved the issues of UV light and optical brighteners. There are two main reasons for this: The light tubes we use in viewing booths [...]
When you evaluate or troubleshoot print, some measurement of the gradation is used across all print technologies. Whether you measure dot gain, traditional print contrast, G7-style contrast or the density of tints, it is all a measure of how open or closed the dots are. High dot gain or low print contrast means dark images [...]
The print industry is gearing up to the massive DRUPA trade show in Germany in May. Heidelberg has announced the themes and ideas their show presence is built upon. Quality management and overall efficiency is a big part of this.
The Altona Test Suite is a well-known set of test forms (PDF documents and hard prints) for checking the color management and PDF/X handling of your workflow. The suite is being upgraded to version 2.0, and the first released part is Technical Page 2. This test page is suited for checking font and transparency handling [...]
Abstract profiles are a special class of ICC profiles that are seldom used in production workflows. They could not be used in Adobe Photoshop before CS4, and most users are not even aware they are available – or what for. If you have ventured into the advanced Convert with Profile dialog in Photoshop on a [...]
By: Rolf Hansson There are several sources of variation in the printing process such as mechanical wear, press settings, properties of blankets and rollers, heat release during production, pollution of the dampening water and differences in paper properties.