GMG moves beyond current color management methodology with the industry’s first predictive, multichannel profiling and color separation technology
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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New GMG OpenColor enhancements highlight color management tools for labels and packaging on display at GMG booth #6512
Hingham, MA – GMG, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, changed the multi-channel profiling world when it introduced GMG OpenColor in 2013. GMG OpenColor has now been extended to encompass multi-channel color separation too. GMG OpenColor, as well as other significant color advancements for label and packaging will be on display at the GMG booth (#6512) during Labelexpo Americas 2016.
GMG OpenColor has the ability to characterize offset, flexo and gravure printing processes with up to 10+ colors of overprinting inks, with a fingerprint size that is 10 times smaller than previous color management systems (including GMG's own). Using GMG's mini-strip technology, large color charts can be replaced by strips or mini strips. In fact, even without a strip GMG OpenColor can predict the correct overprints. Furthermore, the technology supports emerging extended gamut (ECG) converting methods, but without the process restrictions of current ECG solutions.
In just a couple of years on the market, GMG OpenColor has become the most widely used ECG profiling software in the world today. The rapid adoption of GMG OpenColor by most of the major suppliers and brands worldwide is unprecedented and a strong endorsement of this exciting new technology. GMG has now completed the original design goal to include groundbreaking software to help with ECG separation in addition to the award winning GMG OpenColor profiling products. They include:
• GMG ColorPlugin Packaging for Photoshop: This powerful GMG color separation technology works within Photoshop, together with GMG OpenColor. The GMG ColorPlugin for Packaging includes powerful tools for color separation and re-separation tasks within Photoshop, working with standard and non-standard separation profiles created in GMG OpenColor or GMG ProfileEditor. The GMG Photoshop Plug-in simplifies color separation tasks done today, but with much more predictability and productivity than ever before. The GMG ColorPlugin is easy to use, generating outstanding results, even when used by operators with different skill levels. GMG ColorPlugin Packaging also offers the features of channel removal, minimum dot adjust and preview, and taking extra advantage of GMG OpenColor's spot color profile functionality.
• GMG OpenColor connectivity with Hybrid PackZ for ECG color separation:Hybrid PackZ is a PDF based prepress tool suite for professional package and label production. PackZ is now connected to GMG OpenColor with the ability to create dynamic profiles within GMG OpenColor. This capability can generate complex multi-channel profiles from two to more than ten inks overprinting as required by the input PDF file. This solution can produce final separations for ‘typical’ seven-color (CMYKOGV) ECG processes, but can also produce any number or combination of output colors. PackZ and GMG OpenColor can easily re-separate jobs to reduce or optimize print stations on a press (replacing magenta with a line color or eliminating entire ink channels, with minimal visual impact). Many of the color management tasks that the PackZ/GMG OpenColor connection now enables were very difficult in the past. Now these complex re-separation tasks can be achieved on the fly with predictive dynamic profiling supplied by the new GMG OpenColor connectivity and Hybrid PackZ.
• GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof: The world’s most powerful proofing software package continues to add new features and advanced automation. As GMG OpenColor is enhanced, GMG ColorProof/FlexoProof has been enhanced to support these new capabilities. To make proofing simpler (and better), GMG OpenColor calculates high-precision profiles and automatically transfers them to GMG ColorProof/FlexoProof for printing. In this scenario, the input PDF triggers the automatic creation of the specific profile needed for ECG, without any operator intervention. Automation and reliability are the critical needs of a proofing platform today.
• GMG DotProof: An accurate preview of screening is particularly important for flexo printing. GMG OpenColor 2.0.5, released at drupa, allows the creation of dot proof (screen) proofing profiles for use in GMG DotProof and GMG FlexoProof. This is helpful for determining the overprint properties with the benefit of halftone proofing. Users can easily create halftone profiles for the colors needed, be it CMYK or spot colors, and print high-end halftone proofs in GMG DotProof and FlexoProof that predict the press result with dot-for-dot precision, including the screen rulings, angles, dot shape and dot gain.
In addition to the GMG booth, a number of GMG partners will be able to discuss the new GMG OpenColor tools. These companies include Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. (#929), Hybrid Software Inc. (#3610) and Screen USA (#3005).
"In the past year, GMG has considerably advanced our unique, accurate color management and proofing solutions," explains Joseph Varone, GMG Americas President. “GMG is being quickly adopted by many label printers and brand owners who require matching colors on any substrate. We look forward to advising printers how to achieve accurate, repeatable color for labels, no matter the workflow or print process.”
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