Colour Management specialist Colour Graphic Services (David Crowther: 'The Colour Doctor') has extended its special offer for an on-site colour health check and one profile, until March 31st. This offer, costing just $695 inc. gst, is available across Australia, with non-NSW and regional centres dependent on grouping David Crowther's regular interstate travels to perform G7 and ISO colour standardisation at commercial printers.
|Colour Graphic Services uses various target charts for wideformat, textile and dye-sub colour management|
Wide format printers often require re-alignment and profiling after a period of inactivity. Nothing wastes ink and media more than poor colour management. Equally, nothing impresses customers more than getting colours right first time. David Crowther of Colour Grahpic Services and Idealliance has extended the special offer for onsite colour management health-checking and creation of one profile, until March 31st.
For $695 including gst, Crowther will visit personally and provide both a colour management report and one ICC profile. "Sydney metro printers will not have to cover travel costs and other state printers can be scheduled for when I am in their areas performing audits and other colour management work such as G7 training and ISO standardisation," he says. By grouping the work sufficient uptake, there are no extra travel costs to reach all capital cities."
To book this service and solve your colour problems, contact David on: email@example.com
Idealliance upgrades IT8 colour target
In other colour management news, the TC1617 developed by Idealliance (represented in Australasia by David Crowther), has been designated as the IT8.7/5 print characterization target. Developed over several years, as a successor to the IT8.7/4, the optimized IT8.7/5 includes critical K and CMY patches for gray balance reference in the P2P51 (columns 4 & 5 of the P2P51), while removing 29 duplicate patches to maintain the exact patch count and chart size utilized across many global print technologies and solutions. Since 2019, global adoption of the TC1617 has been widespread with these and other benefits for print workflows warranting the adoption by ANSI, CGATS, and ISO as the IT8.7/5 as part of ISO 12642-3.
IT8 is a set of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for color communications and control specifications governed by the Committee for Graphics Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS). Several versions of the widely utilized IT8 target have been referenced across global standards since 2002, with the latest IT8.7/5 serving as continued innovation and optimization for this critical print characterization target.
An important side benefit of the IT8.7/5 compared to the IT8.7/4 is that it improves the characterization accuracy of a printing system, thanks to the addition of 29 new gray patches. Under certain circumstances, this can produce more accurate ICC profiles and less chance of unwanted color artifacts in neutral gray image areas, but the difference may be difficult to detect except on extremely stable printing systems.
Three versions of the IT8.7/5 are available from Idealliance; two for the i1iSis are designed for either vertical or horizontal gray ramp alignment and are marked accordingly with ‘V’ or ‘H’, and one for the i1iO. These target images can be measured on various spectrophotometers.
The IT8.7/4 has been replaced by the IT8.7/5 / TC1617x in all press forms and G7 Master Qualification submission kits on the Idealliance website. While the IT8.7/5 eliminates the need for a separate P2P51 target for G7 Master Colorspace submissions, the P2P51 is still recommended for G7 Grayscale or G7 Targeted submissions for press sheet optimization and is still required by certain G7 calibration or verification software.