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IIDEAlliance's G7 is a revolutionary new methodology for calibrating proof-to-press and press-to-press across any printing method.


Developed by our industry's leading color experts, the G7 methodology includes revolutionary techniques for dramatically improving print quality and consistency. 


As G7 'Experts', we can provide step-by-step training within your company to calibrate proofing and printing systems using the latest G7 methodology. 


G7 methods have been adopted worldwide: files and proofs created anywhere in the world using the G7 methods, can be matched in any pressroom.


For your business, this means improved color fidelity, press sheets that match the proof resulting in quicker make-readies, faster time-to-market, and lower manufacturing costs. 


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G7 on a Post-it Note

A guide to getting repeatable color matches on press, everyday

The G7 methodology has been critisized as being 'too complicated'.
It is not. 
Here is a very nice summary of the process that was orignially published by Glenn Andrews of Schawk in Los Angeles. (with a couple of small changes of mine).

1. Use good paper and good ink.
2. Have the press in good running condition.
3. Include color bars with solids, overprints, a 50%C 40%M 40%Y neutral and a 50% or 53% midtone K patch.
4. Run to industry-standard solid ink densities.
5. Mid-tone density must be 0.54 plus the density of the paper.
6. 50%C 40%M 40%Y neutral must be exactly the same color and value as the mid-tone K.

A press sheet run to these specifications will match a good proof.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mythbuster?

In a continuing to think about how ink-sets around the world seem to be more similar that different, I tripped across another interesting set of numbers while cleaning out some old files. I fed these into my color comparison software to see what the differences would read.

Following is a comparison of Japan Color Standard vs. the recommended ISO L*a*b* values:

ISO

c    55   -37   -50  
m   48     74    -3
y    89    -5     93

Japan Color
c    52   -36   -49
m   47    75    -3
y    87    -5     88

ISO
R    47    68   48  
G    50   -68   25
B    24     27  -46

Japan Color
R    47    69   46  
G    47   -68   23
B    21     22  -47
Comparing the two standards, here are the delta E values I got:
c    1.62
m   1.01
y    1.62
R   1.14
G   3.09
B   3.58
(btw...Japan Color Standard for black is 16.5 vs. ISO of 16.0)

All these readings are well within the published tolerances: ISO <5.0 and Japan Color <6.0
I've always been told that inks from Japan are 'different' from the inks we use in the States.
 Is this comparison of the published standards a 'mythbuster' ? 
I'd be interested in your comments.

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Hi, I think your color difference calculator used DeltaE2000 formula to calculat the color difference. ISO 12647-2 tolerances are based on DeltaE1976 formula. If you use 1976 formula to calculate the Delta E between ISO and Japan color, based on the values you have given in your post, the Delta E of yellow crosses 5

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