Last Updated: 14/11/2016
colourmanagement and imaging developments
new printing project
typography and design for digital printing
work at Goodwood with Charles March
basICColor Display v5 and new DISCUS sensor
projects in the pressroom and in repro
A new show at Venus Over Los Angeles.
I have built a solid working relationship with the Earl of March at Goodwood House, working to optimise the printing system used for his beautiful personal work.
It's a very high end set-up, using ColorEdge display technology from Eizo and printing using Epson 9900 and 11880 with ColorBurst RIP. Viewing of proofs and finished work is carefully controlled using large scale Graphic Technology exhibition standard viewing lighting.
The prints are stunning and have to be seen at full size to be believed.
Feedback has been incredible.
This is not a project I've been involved with, but I wanted to spread the work about a very interesting idea from Valerie Brewster at vjscribe, a book about typography and design specifically for digital print on demand services - in the form of a Print On Demand digitally printed book.
So, a book about the book itself. here's a link
Valerie writes: "If you design books bound for print on demand, this book will help you evaluate which typefaces, tints, lines, resolutions, and photo adjustments deliver best results. If you are a managing editor or production manager considering POD as part of your fulfillment program, Bookbuilder’s Almanac provides a way to make informed choices."
In the basICColor / ESMA DRUPA booth you could walk on the world´s largest IT8.7/4 target, printed directly to carpet.
Apart from profiling for industrial printing basICColor also advise relating to the switch from ISOcoated_v2 to PSOcoated_v3 (FOGRA51).
basICColor have put together a package that makes this transition and any other change of printing conditions a breeze: basICColor PSOready – a test form and the related software, that allows you to find the ideal values and calibrate your image setter with only one short printrun.
Over the last few years I have built a solid relationship with the Earl of March at Goodwood House working to optimise the printing system used for his beautiful personal work as featured here: Exhibitions, Nature Translated, Venus Over Manhattan, Bermondsey Project, Moscow Photography Biennale 2014.
It's a very high end set-up, we are using Eizo screens, Epson 9900 and 11880 with ColorBurst RIP and Innova papers plus large scale Graphic Technology exhibition standard viewing lighting to great effect. The prints are genuinely fabulous and have to be seen at full size to be believed.
Feedback has been incredible and sales impressive.
The vitally important basis of all colourmanaged working is accurate and repeatable monitor calibration/profiling, for this important task I highly recommend the basICColor Display software. From my own experience and widespread expert opinion, the basICColor Display software trounces the opposition, giving a really great Soft-Proof (screen match to print) rather than the "lightbox like" calibration provided by many other solutions.
Because I like the basICColor Display software so much - and because clients found it painful to import direct from Germany with all the issues of complication and cost of overseas funds transfer - I became their UK agent many years ago and are very pleased I did.
basICColor DISCUS, a new high end calibration sensor
A very high end sensor from German colour masters basICColor, the DISCUS, a highly accurate measurement sensor for Display Calibration.
Monitor Display Technology has recently undergone very rapid development and now demands much more from a measurement instrument. basICColor DISCUS has been designed specifically for highly demanding fields of application. The high end DISCUS colorimeter offers longevity with the precision and flexibility of a laboratory graded instrument with the compact design and portability of a hand held instrument.
Much more info on DISCUS here
proofing and press news
Neil Barstow has been working on UK projects alongside German Repro and Press expert Florian Sussl a contributor to ECI, fogra and ISO and thus with an immense amount of information at his fingertips. See my press and prepress section for information about this work and ISO standards based workflows.
Extensive work on press and prepress - in optimisation of the plate production process, plate curves and press settings - gives a clear picture of the requirements and advantages of "standardised" working in print. The advantages are enormous, since any necessary visual optimisation can be carried out at proofing stage (given a good ISO standard proofer) rather than at press side.
Of course, no amount of colourmanagement will replace the skill needed to run a press well, but for the pressman, receiving properly optimised plates made from correct separations (i.e. made to a standard) is a great adjunct to skill. With a properly optimised press and with well made separations used to make good plates, running to numbers now becomes a way to match a proof properly and simply.
Organisations fogra, ugra, bvdm, ISO and ECI continue to carry out an immense amount of work on press characterisation. To the extent that they can now provide characterisation data and, from this, ECI make good quality icc profiles to cover a variety of press types, these are free to use and can be downloaded at the ECI web-site. Look for “eci offset profiles”, each package contains useful profiles and info on their use / origins. Lots more about prepress and the pressroom here
at Apple UK
I presented a colourmanagement and imaging seminar with Steve Upton of Chromix USA - colour guru Steve is the inventor of the indispensable profile toolkit CHROMiX ColorThink and ColorThink PRO.
We all had a great day at Apple UK with Steve who was over in the UK from Seattle for a few days. Steve and I spoke about general colourmanagement issues and gave a tutorial on ColorThink PRO software
If you are interested in seminars, you may like to click here to register an interest in future events
we'll keep you posted.
extreme, New Orleans, a colormanagementgroup event
Neil Barstow took part in various presentations with Floran Sussl of Zipcon Consulting and Thomas Holm of Pixl, mainly on the subject of print standardisation according to ISO 12647
imaging seminars with Pixl
We had a great feedback from our 2 day colourmanagement and Imaging Seminar at Apple UK , featured alongside Neil Barstow were, among others, Richard West of Apple, Emma Lomax of Epson UK, Thomas Holm of Pixl Aps in Copenhagen and, esteemed author of Photoshop for Photographers, Martin Evening.
Neil Barstow was invited to speak in a seminar entitled Advanced - Better Scanner Profiles and Customer Files at GATF in Arizona - also contributing to a Lab session on camera profiling with Derek Brown and Steve Upton - also a few very interesting panel sessions including one with Apple's own Colorsync guy John Zimmerer. It was a very interesting event with many vendors present providing the opportunity to meet many of the world's top colour guys as well as to address a big audience of mainly press and prepress guys. Yes, Standards Based Printing on press has taken hold in the supremely cost conscious USA too.