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Free CGS colour health checks back for PrintEx

Colour Graphic Services has brought back free detailed offset, digital and wide-format colour health checks for PrintEx 2019 in August. These proved very popular at the last PrintEx, in 2015 when they were introduced.


CGS A3 HealthCheck RGB
The test forme that will tell where your colour issues lie - free from Colour Graphic Services

Colour Graphic Services, is a colour management and ISO colour certification specialist, exhibiting on stand I11 at PrinEx 19.

Colour Doctor DCrowther

David Crowther – ‘The Colour Doctor’ - will measure and analyse a special test forme, pre-printed on a device of the visitor’s choice. A report is then produced using the Mellow Colour software suite, with suggested remedies, identifying where any colour issues are by using ISO 12647 as the benchmark.

To take advantage of this, ANZ printers must request the specially constructed test forme (pictured) ahead of PrintEx, and print it out to the best of their ability on the device of choice. The printed sheet is then carried along to PrintEx between 13-16 May at Sydney Showgrounds, to stand I11 where it will be measured using the latest ISO 13655 compatible Techkon spectrophotometers. The data is then sent into PrintSpec software. Within seconds, the software will produce a full report on any colour management issues present and possible remedies.

“The PDF test forme file we send in advance is big, around 200 Mb,” says Crowther, “so either high bandwidth or a file sending service such as DropBox or SendStuffNow can be used. It’s a PDF so can easily be put into the workflow and printed out.”

A normal visit to a printer to produce the test forme, measure, report and provide one ICC profile costs between $495 and $995 in metro areas, so the free PrintEx 19 service is a really good saving, and arms a printer with some very useful knowledge about their printing output devices, whether digital or analogue.

To get hold of the free PDF file for the test forme, email:

And make sure to bring the print-out along to PrintEx!