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any existing print standard and creating your own print standards using the
best practices and methods with Colorsource
April 2016: Learn here how to normalize, document, and
match all CMYK or N-Color print processes:
any existing print standard and creating your own print standards using the best
practices and methods with Colorsource. Download the PowerPoint as PDF file:
complete April 2015 ISO12647-2-3-4-6-7 and G7/IDEAlliance standards summary
ISO 12647 CMYK standards summary updated April 2015:
69 pages PDF document is summarizing the necessary information:
For setting your printing presses matching ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance* standards,
For producing your color proofs complying with ISO12647-7 on a simple A3+ EPSON inkjet costing less than 300 US$,
For controlling all CMYK color proofs using freeware, according to ISO 12642, ISO 12647-7 or IDEAlliance standards, or by using more relevant techniques,
For making optimized ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance (GRACoL & SWOP) color separations,
For downloading affordable applications allowing you fast and easy ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance press settings, with using very affordable and flexible measurement instruments such as Eye-One Pro, EFI ES-1000, EFI ES-2000 or Eye-One
For knowing ISO12647-2:2013 version and understanding the quite useless changes it promotes,
For controlling efficiently all PANTONE and other special inks,
For updating and enhancing your CMYK ISO or G7/IDEAlliance ICC profiles.
will find at the end of this PDF document all useful Internet links for downloading
additional technical information, the readymade generic CMYK ISO ICC profiles, and the
official characterization data allowing you computing your own enhanced CMYK
Download Colorsource April 2015 ISO 12647 CMYK standards summary
Our free application for a much better use of all your up-to-date PANTONE digital
all your CxFv3 PANTONE digital libraries and spectral data with the best Market software
applications, thanks to our free CxF3_to_CGATS
controlling your PANTONE inks prior to installing them on your printing
press, and for controlling your printed PANTONE inks, you need knowing
their official spectral reflection curves that are published by PANTONE.
can download and use today our free CxF3_to_CGATS application that
allows you making a much better use of all your PANTONE digital libraries
and spectral data.
This utility allows you converting all Pantone Color Manager and/or
X-Rite Ink Formulation
digital libraries from their CxFv3 format to CGATS normalized text
format advantage is that it allows you using your modern PANTONE digital
swatch books with the best applications, which are free to use or low
For example you can use now
the latest up-to-date PANTONE data:
With the excellent i1Share freeware,
by replacing their older 2004 PANTONE libraries. i1Share application
allows you controlling all PANTONE spectral data you will find on prints and
proofs, and on your printed PANTONE swatch books that are not always
With the excellent ProfileMaker ColorPicker module in order to convert them to CMYK or
to N-Color values
with optimal visual accuracy. (i.e. minimal DE2000 visual distance),
With our SPOT_Color_Manager v1.5
application for controlling all your PANTONE inks BEFORE you install them
on your press.
allows you knowing immediately the optimal visual distance you will
get with the PANTONE reference color when your ink is printed at best
possible density on your stock paper, for the three A, D50 and F11 illuminants,
and this before you install your inks on your press.
SPOT_Color_Manager forecasted visual distance when using one of
these three illuminants is too large, this means your PANTONE ink has not
been properly formulated, or has not been formulated with taking into
account your stock paper characteristics.
that SPOT_Color_Manager avoids you wasting a lot of time and
consumable if you set up this simple ink quality control for all the
special inks you buy.
for finalizing and communicating all your special color printing standards
document and communicate easily all your special color printing standards
with free ICC_Normalize application:
free application is an excellent complement to ProfileMaker that we still
consider being by far the best software for professional print industries.
allows you controlling your 2 to 10 colors density calibrated press
characterization spectral measurement files. It is an excellent complement
to Colorsource press setting software as well, for all Users who need
creating their own print standards (Packaging, high-end publishing, prints
on special medias etc.)
creating each new print standard, the application allows you normalizing
the press ICC profile on your ideal standard target TVI curves, and then
memorizing all your print standard attached parameters. You can easily
archive, publish and communicate each new color printing standard in the
form of a single A4 Excel spreadsheet that contains all the technical and
quantitative information needed by any print house for matching your
standard at each production print run.
course the software can use English or French languages for easing your
the quantitative data in the published Excel standard specification sheet
can easily be used by Colorsource press setting software, for making your
production print runs even easier and faster.
and universal CMYK print test forms for fast and easy setting of all your
100 x 70 cm CMYK test form can be cropped down to a 70 x 50 cm, or to a
50 x 35 cm test form. The base 50 x 35 cm test form includes all the
CMYK charts you need for easily matching all your printing presses to
ISO12647-2-3-4-6 or IDEAlliance standards. On the beautiful and colorful
theme of Indonesian colors, this CMYK test forms offers you, beyond all
technical requirements, a full set of color photography's allowing you
full control of your printing and proofing systems. This universal test
form is supplemented by two SRA3 CMYK forms for small format presses.
with white backing or with black backing?
brings you the right answers with NUMBERS.
All ISO12647-x and IDEAlliance Colorsource press-setting applications
have received a FREE upgrade: They are now even faster and more powerful!
takes advantage of these upgrades for bringing the ONLY good answer to a
question you often ask: Should we measure the print control bar on a black
or white background?
publish their target D50 Lab colors for solid CMYK inks and their
superimpositions with Black-Backing measurement (BB), which is a mistake
because the colors you measure with Black-Backing strongly depend on the
paper opacity and its thickness, and moreover using BB does not match your
most frequent viewing conditions when you read.
a result, almost NOBODY is using these BB target Lab colors in real life:
All Fogra and IDEAlliance press characterization files, hence the ISO
12647-x CMYK ICC profiles you use for color separating and proofing, are
made with white background measurement (More exactly with Self-Backing
measurement said "SB measurement" where you pile a few paper
layers). So that the best ISO 12647-x and IDEAlliance target D50 Lab
values are SB measurement values.
a consequence, it is natural - and easier in real life - measuring all
your print control bars in SB mode. Nevertheless we have often been
asked if the optimal inks print densities computed by Colorsource software
can be used as target densities with a press room scanning densitometer or
spectrophotometer using BB measurement.
is the answer!
Your CMYK_100% application can today measure
your print control bars with Self-Backing, and then compute and display
the colors and densities you would get if measuring with Black-Backing.
And vice-versa: The measurement backing conditions are now completely
independent from the displayed results backing conditions!
course, transposing SB measured values to BB measured values, or vice-versa, is
based on making one instant single measurement: Measuring the opacity of
testing CMYK_100% application, you will find by yourself that using
SB or BB has a strong influence on the measured colors, but little
influence on the optimal solid inks densities you have to set for matching
ISO12647-x, unless you use a paper with very low opacity.
took advantage of these new free upgrades for their Customers, for
introducing an optional papers optical brighteners' correction into CMYK_100%
and CMYK_Gravure applications.
not only the D50 Lab values of your ISO12647-x ICC profiles are based on
SB measurements, but also they use optical brighteners corrected values
for the paper tint, in order this Lab value matches better the paper tint
you actually perceive when strong optical brighteners are present.
usual with Colorsource, you can save A LOT of money with much faster and
better print runs AND by avoiding buying brand new and already
completely obsolete press room spectrophotometers that do not do the job:
You should use Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro2, or EFI ES-1000
or ES-2000, which are perfect tools for all CMYK and N-color
printing applications in your press room.
application, optimize your print works on colored or transparent medias,
with or without white ink:
be considered in these difficult times for Print
Colorsource press setting software
allows matching all ISO12647-2-3-4-6
and G7/IDEAlliance targets
all Colorsource press-setting software applications for one full week!
will change your life ;-), for any offset, gravure, or flexographic printing
using CMYK or any other ink sets.
just need using a basic Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro2, or EFI
ES-1000 or 2000, to get fast and excellent press settings that meet your highest
Customers color quality expectations.
it will save you A LOT of obsolete or useless equipments, as long as you are
maintaining your presses in good mechanical conditions.
easy, as long as you follow the applications English or French Users guides!
Choose free Colorsource application for controlling your CMYK proofs and prints
CMYK_Print_&_Proof Colorsource application allows you best control of all CMYK proofs:
application is FREE software and allows you faster,
easier and more reliable control of any CMYK proof!
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