Companies interested in diversifying their print product portfolios all share at least one requirement: color must be consistent throughout all print processes. Projects printed on any traditional or digital press must match today, and a year from now. At Graph Expo, GMG (www.gmgcolor.com), the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, will show the wide range of color management tools it demonstrated during drupa at the ColorHQ booth, #2267. ColorHQ, a GMG reseller, is a color management solutions company that provides both products and services to the print industry.
"We know color. It's not just any slogan. It's our promise to deliver precise and reliable answers to questions involving color," says Joe Varone, GMG Americas President. "We deliver color management solutions based on superb technology that respond to the challenges facing the entire printing industry."
GMG ColorServer: The reliable way to easily optimize images from different sources for different printing methods
Projects for a brochure, large-format banner, or packaging have at least one thing in common: customers demand that color must be exact. GMG ColorServer provides fully automated color conversions, guaranteeing consistent results for a variety of print processes and substrates. Separation and conversion is no longer associated with an enormous amount of work. Supporting GMG ColorServer is GMG SmartProfiler, a software-wizard that allows any user to calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital, large format, and traditional printing systems easily and without advanced knowledge of color management. With a centralized color management system, different front ends, RIPs and printing processes no longer need to be individually configured and synchronized—whether digital or analog.
GMG OpenColor: Reliable proof profiles for packaging printing
GMG OpenColor, a recipient of a Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award and an InterTech Technology Award will also be a highlight. With the increasing use of multi-color printing and different combinations of inks, substrates, screening, and other variables, packaging printing has become a costly process that involves a lot of color fingerprints and profile tweaking. GMG OpenColor provides a proofing technology that precisely predicts the color appearance of printed inks, particularly spot color ‘overprints’—inks printed on top of each other without requiring extensive fingerprinting. GMG OpenColor's user interface provides easy to use connectivity to measurement devices. GMG OpenColor has been an indispensable tool for both major, and smaller, package printers. A new feature in GMG OpenColor is the ability to calculate profiles for halftone proofs.
With GMG ColorPlugin, Adobe Photoshop users are able to carry out operations that were previously only possible with the help of complex workarounds and a lot of manual intervention. They can apply GMG OpenColor profiles specifically to individual levels or masked areas. In addition, the Pro version of GMG ColorPlugin also allows users to utilize their own profiles and the color reduction functionality already familiar from the GMG InkOptimizer tool. A special version for the packaging industry adds further features to offer maximum quality levels.
GMG ColorProof: The preferred solution for proofing
GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards (such as ISO 12647, PSO, GRACoL and SWOP). Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts. GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so users can get started right away. Select the printer, calibrate it, and users are ready to print their first proofs in just a few seconds. Using GMG ProofControl, a proof label and control strip guarantee quality control for any proof. Information about a proof's color accuracy is always available—important for consistent reproduction and vital for legally-binding contract proofs.
To support GMG ColorProof, the successful GMG proof media range is being reorganized: GMG ProofMedia brings seamless quality and reliable contract proofing. GMG's new media portfolio also includes matte proofing media with high OBAs (optical brightening agents), which is a perfect choice for proofing uncoated production paper.
"GMG's variety of color management solutions is perfect for any print facility. Our solutions assure that artwork produced on any printer is consistent," notes Varone. "We look forward to showing visitors at Graph Expo how to get the greatest accuracy—and most consistency—out of their presses."
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