Printing Consistent Color

Printing Consistent Color More and more printers are implementing the G7® specification and color management while profiling their monitors, proofing devices, and printing presses. There is no doubt that this process works, providing accurate, predictable color from proof to press. What should not be overlooked, however, is the notion of maintaining consistent color balance throughout the pressrun. Have you ever had a customer fan out a job, revealing that the colors don’t match from sheet to sheet (as close as possible) to the last sheet of a pressrun? Maintaining consistent color throughout a pressrun is a difficult task. The press operator must maintain a multitude of print variables at any given time; things like ink density, dot gain, gray balance, and print contrast, to name just a few. More often than not, these jobs are being printed on less-than-desirable paper stock, further complicating the process. The ability to maintain consistent color of images during the pressrun begins with the color separation process. Image conversion, that is, changing images from an RGB of LAB to a CMYK color space, is not as simple as a mode change in Photoshop. Considerations must be made for ink, paper, and the condition of the press, to name just a few. To read the complete Tech Talk Paper, download the PDF by clicking on the following link: DPC Tech Talk/February 2012. You can also learn more about achieving consistent color through Printing Industries of America’s Training Programs. Click on the links below to learn more. G7 Digital Operator Training ProgramApril 17–18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PAPresented by Printing Industries of America, a training program endorsed by IDEAlliance Optimizing Color from Your Digital PressApril 24–25, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PAPresented by Printing Industries of America G7 Offset Operator Training ProgramJune 14–15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PAPresented by Printing Industries of America, a training program endorsed by IDEAlliance G7 Expert/Professional TrainingJune 11–13 in Pittsburgh, PAHosted by Printing Industries of America and Presented by IDEAlliancePlease call 800-910-4283, ext. 731 for more information and to register for this program. PIA Blog Opt-Out: ...

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It’s All About the Experience

The LPIA Technical Institute has one mission—to provide a world-class experience that surpasses any other like it in the label converting, packaging, top-sheet, and product decoration industry. This year, we will feature two state-of-the art venues that will expertly cover the latest technological advances and end-to-end production and workflow solutions. This is not your typical “stand and deliver” program, but a mixture of industry-related experts who will deliver content that is then supported by application showcases and innovative technology demonstrations firsthand.  The HP Experience Center is “your center, your success!” This center is tailored to ensure a truly world-class experience that’s all about you. The HP Experience Center is focused on providing valuable insight on digital printing technologies and workflows that provide higher-impact solutions for their customer needs. The Heidelberg North American Print and Packaging Technology Center  will delve into traditional methods from prepress through finishing, as well as new technology and tactics. Andy Thomas, Editor, Label & Labeling magazine, will give a global perspective on the market and give insight on the new technology that will be featured in the first-ever packaging printer zone at Labelexpo America. Join us and experience the LPIA Technical Institute for yourself! For more information, visit...

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