NEC and Basic Color Management

We just finished a video conference with NEC.  The overall theme focused on color management workflows.   

Please check it out by using the link below

Click Here to view the NEC discussion on Basic Color Management

Check out the colorHQ booth# 4238 at this year’s Print13 show. This booth is sponsored by NEC, Canon, Epson, Xrite, GTI, and Mirage.

Check out the colorHQ booth# 4238 at this year’s Print13 show. This booth is sponsored by NEC, Canon, Epson, Xrite, GTI, and Mirage.

BIG News for ColorGeek’s - Device Link Creation in i1Profiler v1.5!

Color Management Group just posted this interesting story about i1 Profiler:

This week X-Rite released i1Profiler version 1.5. It offers a list of new functions but for most the biggest thing is the ability to create device link profiles. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DL profiles, I’ll give you a brief definition…CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.

Canon imagePROGRAF 6450 Prints GRACoL Verified Contract Proof On First Attempt With SU-21 Inline Spectrophotometer


I have just completed testing the Canon iPF6450 and the SU-21 Inline Spectrophotometer through EFI’s new Fiery XF 5.0 RIP Solution.  I set up Proofline’s Proof Satin 220gsm GRACoL certified paper with a new base linearization and icc profile.  My expectations were that I would need to use EFI’s optimization process in order to print a verified GRACoL Contract Proof.  For every printer I have set up so far, I have had to optimize at least twice and often three or more times before a proof print can pass GRACoL certification.  I am please to write that Canon’s iPF6450 with inline SU-21 Spectrophotometer passed GRACoL specifications on the first attempt without building an optimization file.  The Delta E numbers were also very impressive and well within specification. In fact, these are some of the best Delta E numbers I have seen thus far.


I was really curious how well the Canon system would optimize through EFI.  It was a pleasant surprise to see improvements with each optimization target that was run.


After selecting the lab optimization file for my GRACoL workflow, I decided to send one more GRACoL proof for verification.  Of course the proof had passed but with significant improvements over the original non-optimized proof.



There has been a lot of curiosity in the color management industry regarding whether the Canon imagePROGRAF line is a viable contender for use with a RIP solution.  I believe the data here speaks for itself.  I highly recommend the Canon imagePROGRAF for contract proofing.  And with the Canon SU-21 inline spectrophotometer, Canon now has an offering that can compete for ease of use with other manufacturers that offer an inline spectrophotomoter.

Jim Memije 2013

Color Relevant ISO Standards

 Originally posted by Allison Lakacha on the Techonusa Blog.


ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.  Below is a comprehensive list of the most important color-related ISO standards relevant to the print community.

ISO 5 Measuring geometry/filter curves for densitometers
ISO 105-B02 Light fastness (wool thread reference scale)
ISO 2431 Viscosity (flow cup)
ISO 2834–2844/11628 chemical and physical resistance of printing ink
ISO 2846 International offset color scale; -1 Sheet-fed and heat-set web offset lithographic printing; -2 Coldset offset lithographic printing
ISO 3664 Viewing/matching conditions, standard illuminant D50
ISO 5736 Printing on metallic substrates
ISO 8254-1 Measurement of gloss 75° (TAPPI)
ISO 10012-1 Measurement management systems
ISO 10013 Quality management manuals
ISO 11664 2°/10° standard observers, standard illuminants, CIELAB (1976)
ISO 12040 Light fastness (xenon lamp test)
ISO 12634 Tack of paste inks
ISO 12640 Test images; -1 CMYK; -2 XYZ/sRGB; -3 CIELAB; -4 Adobe-RGB; -5 RIMM-RGB
ISO 12641 Characterization of input devices (IT8/7.1 and IT8/7.2)
ISO 12642 Characterization of output devices (IT8.7/3)
ISO 12644 Falling rod viscometer for paste inks
ISO 12645 Reference standards for measuring transmitted light
ISO 12646/14861 Soft copy proof monitors
ISO 12647 Coloring standards/Process control for printing processes; -1 Parameters and measurement methods; -2 Offset printing and paper classes (ICC profiles iso-coated, iso-webcoated, iso-newspaper, iso-uncoated, iso-uncoated-yellowish); -3 Coldset offset lithography on newsprint; -4 Publication gravure printing; -5 Screen printing; -6 Flexographic printing; -7 Digital proofing.
ISO 13655 black and white measuring documents
ISO 13656 Application of densitometry and colorimetry [withdrawal candidate]
ISO 15076-1 ICC Profile Format v4
ISO 15790 Reference standards for measuring devices
ISO 15930 Unseen PDF data exchange; -1/-4 PDF/X-1a; -3/-6 PDF/X-3; -5 PDF/X-2; -7 PDF/X-4 and /X-4p; -8 PDF/X-5
ISO 17321-1 Characterization of digital photography – photographing conditions
ISO 23603 Color rendering quality of daylight simulators for visual appraisal and measurement of color
ISO 28178 Measured data export (ASCII, XML)

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