Alexandria, VA, June 29, 2006. The International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance) today announced that a training program hosted by Foremost Graphics in Grand Rapids, MI, has prepared a new group of leading color management and on-press consultants to bring new G7 tools and techniques to the industry.
Throughout 2004 and 2005, the GRACoL (General Requirements and Applications for Commercial Offset Lithography) Committee of IDEAlliance developed an unambiguous description of how good commercial printing “appears” to the eye on a Number 1 sheet and developed new calibration and process control methods that make use of spectrophotometry and CTP to enable printers quickly and accurately replicate visual appearance on any press or proofing system. The G7 methodology is revolutionary because it is the first specification designed to reliably and efficiently match the visual appearance of multiple devices by defining gray balance and NPDC (neutral print density curves) instead of the traditional method of measuring TVI for each color.
Steve Smiley, Chair of the IDEAlliance Print Properties Working Group (PPWG) and Director of Engineering at Vertis, Inc. added, “The good news is that recent experimental press tests conducted by PPWG indicate that G7 can be applied to any type of printing. G7 is not just for commercial printing but for publication printing, news printing, flexographic printing and more. This means that separations or files generated for one printing method will have a similar visual appearance if printed by another method. The G7 process has generated a great deal of excitement among print buyers because by following this methodology, we can print on virtually any type of press and on any substrate while maintaining a common visual appearance.
Dianne Kennedy, VP of Publishing Technologies and GRACoL Program Manager for IDEAlliance stated, “Certification of GRACoL Experts is an important way we can advance adoption of GRACoL across the printing industry. Following this session we will have trained Experts from the United States, Latin America, Europe, China, Hong Kong and Australia. We are honored that such respected industry professionals participated in this training program and look forward to working closely with these consultants in the future.” Ms. Kennedy continued, “We advise printers to visit www.gracol.org/experts/ to locate an Expert who can assist them with press calibration and printing to G7. The Experts work as our agents to qualify printers who are routinely using G7 to be identified as IDEAlliance MasterPrinters.”
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