Grand Rapids, MI. – Fine Eye Color Solutions, a pioneer in new color separation technology, today announces the release of a G7 Extreme data set that addresses the proofing challenges faced when preparing wider gamut color jobs in offset printing. The G7 Extreme dataset is available for download on their website and is designed to assist print shops in calibrating their existing sheet fed (and web) offset lithographic presses and to improve the quality of proofing the larger gamut files, earlier in the production workflow thus reducing costly turn-around time.
Fine Eye Color Solutions produced and submitted the data set to IDEAlliance, who plans to post it along with other beta data sets for public review and comment. The FineEye ICE G7 Extreme data set was developed based on achievable gamut of a typical sheet fed offset lithographic press calibrated using the G7 process, using ISO inks and a GRACoL Grade 1 Coated paper stock. The ability to practically reproduce this dataset in production is dependent on using separations that are created for this condition through the use of FineEye ICEserver.
G7 Extreme is one of four levels of G7 Compliance as detailed in the G7 Specification 2008, published by IDEAlliance. While maintaining the gray balance and tonality of G7, ICEserver processes PDF files and allows web and sheet printers to unleash the true potential of the pressroom by creating color separations that are optimized for the wider gamut print process producing a more visually appealing product, adhering to standards and reducing ink use by over 25%. "Customers who visited our booth at Print '09 confirmed to us what we have been hearing in the market," comments Ian Mackenzie, vice president of marketing at FineEye. "Printers and their customers are seeking an advantage and differentiation in today's new business climate. ICE delivers both quality improvements and cost savings. The choice of G7 or G7 Extreme can be made between the print provider and the print buyer on their terms."
FineEye debuted its ICEserver at Print '09 as an enabling technology for a new generation of print standards. After announcing a merger with Chromaticity, FineEye demonstrated how today's conventional offset lithography can be improved using a combination of wider color gamut and reduced manufacturing costs. ICE delivers a timely solution for the printing industry's current life cycle where print is competing more than ever with a host of new advertising mediums. FineEye Color Solutions ICE technology presents an exciting proposition to both print buyer and print provider by increasing the visual appeal of print while decreasing its overall manufacturing costs.