Achieving good colour and a spot colour’s reliability and consistency is easier than many people think. That said, there are various practical measures one can take that will affect the bottom line directly.
In the early days of colour management, vendors of calibration software and devices did not always deliver on their promises of producing better colours with greater predictability. Everyone had different approaches to the emerging field, developing their own ‘secret sauce’ in the hope they could corner the market. Today, however, this is no longer the case. Colour management helps sign companies, print service providers (PSPs), photographers and advertising agencies better control the reproduction of colours from input devices, such as cameras and scanners, to output devices, such as wide-format inkjet printers.
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has awarded its colour management certification to two Canadian print service providers (PSPs): Holland & Crosby of Mississauga, Ont., and Studio Graphics of Montreal.
X-Rite, which develops colour measurement and management systems, software and services, has donated a new Ci7860 spectrophotometer to the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) for use in its lab.
The way digital wide-format printing has evolved is different from traditional printing. For example, traditional presses used printing plates of one sort or another, so companies would build a centralized area for both preparing their artwork and imaging the plates.
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