Color Confidence announce upcoming Active Colour Training events

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Following on from the success of last year’s Active Colour Training day (ACT1), Color Confidence, will be running the next two instalments of the series in the coming months. ACT2 will be in Manchester on 25 September and ACT3 will be in Birmingham on 19 November 2014.

ACT is aimed at anyone with an interest in colour workflow. It is designed to teach you all you need to know about managing your colour settings and also gives you the opportunity to meet some of the leading manufacturers in colour management, photography, proofing, image editing and printing.

This year’s events will feature 8 exhibitors, a keynote speech from Richard Curtis from Adobe, special offers and discounts on the day, and a chance to win a FREE all expenses paid photo week in Iceland!

Exhibitors on the day include X-Rite, NEC, DxO, EIZO, Macphun Software, Epson, TECCO and Manfrotto. Fine Art & Commercial Photographer and X-Rite Coloratti Mark Wood will be at ACT2 in Manchester to teach you his approach to imaging making.

Fashion and Beauty photographer Andy Kruczek will be at ACT3 in Birmingham to offer advice and tips on how to develop your technique as a professional photographer.

The training days will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Key topics will include managing your colour workflow, key imaging software and the importance of finding the right monitor. There will also be a Q&A and time for further discussion.

Registration for either event is only £25 incl. VAT, which is refundable on purchase of a product on the day. The price also includes lunch and refreshments.

Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis so register your interest now!

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New Imaging Software for the Professional Photographer

Earlier this week we announced the launch of a new range of award-winning software for the professional photographer that creates powerful stunning images with unprecedented drama, clarity and detail.

Macphun Software is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence in the UK. The products are designed for Apple Mac users and offer the fastest, easiest way to remove unwanted objects, implement blurs and control colour, contrast and texture on images.

Key products available

The range consists of three key products, Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus 2 Pro and two Creative Kit bundles.

Intensify Pro
intensifyA powerful app to help photographers to reveal the real beauty of their images

  • Four detail enhancement methods
  • Pro contrast, Structure, Details, Micro sharpness
  • Precise control based on tonal ranges
  • Over seventy professionally created pre-sets
  • Layers to “stack” effects
  • Selective enhancements available
  • Available as an electronic download or supplied on a 4GB SD memory card

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Snapheal Prosnapheal
The fastest and easiest way to remove unwanted objects and fix imperfections

  • Remove unwanted objects
  • Heal skin blemishes
  • Removes scratches and noise
  • Three erasing modes for better results
  • Quick image enhancements
  • Available as an electronic download or supplied on a 4GB SD memory card

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Focus 2 ProFocus
A professional way to improve images with creative focus, blur and tilt-shift effects

  • Five unique fine-tuned settings; Portrait, Landscape, Architecture, Macro and Tilt-shift
  • Custom focal points, motion blur and vignettes and much more
  • Available as an electronic download or supplied on a 4GB SD memory card

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This great value kit includes both Snapheal Pro and Intensify Pro – saving you 20% off the price of buying these products separately. The kit is ideal for pro photographers and enthusiasts and is available on a 8GB SD card only.

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This all-in-one package includes Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro and Focus 2 Pro. The combined bundle saves you 30% off the price of buying these products separately.

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The Macphun range is only compatible with Apple Mac and has already received fantastic reviews in MacWorld with professional users such as commercial, fashion, celebrity photographer and X-Rite Coloratti Frank Doorhof.

Who are Macphun?

Macphun Software is a US developer behind some of the top-selling photo applications for Mac and now have over 22 million Macphun app users across the globe.

What makes Macphun different?

Macphun Software is the only photo developer dedicated to the Apple (Mac) community and focus on in-house technologies and developments.

World Cup Special Offers

To celebrate the World Cup kick off on Thursday, Color Confidence are offering football fans 10% off the Rain Design iRest lap stand and the iSlider iPad stand, which are great for using on your lap or desktop.

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Regardless of what football team you support, the award winning Rain Design range will offer maximum comfort, added safety and impeccable style when using an Apple Mac, laptop or desktop computer.

iRest Lap Stand

The iRest is incredibly versatile and offers removable back cushions and folds flat for easy storage and transportation. It improves the ergonomic use of your iPad / iPad Mini and prevents the hand fatigue that can develop from extended holding usage. It also raises the iPad / iPad Mini, which eases the strain on your neck.

iSlider iPad Stand

The iSlider is a unique iPad rest, which is easy to carry and use. It has a simple slide out base that you can adjust to your preferred viewing or typing angle before placing your iPad on. It fits all iPad’s in both portrait and landscape modes, as well as the iPad Mini. The aluminium casing provides both support and protection with a sleek design in-keeping with the Apple style. The iSlider also comes with a FREE carry bag for easy storage.

The Rain Design range, distributed by Color Confidence, also includes the mRest Wrist & Mouse Pad, iLap and mStand laptop stands; all available in a choice of sizes and colours. They can also help extend the life of your machine and is designed to compliment the synonymous style of your Mac equipment.

The 2014 World Cup consists of 64 football matches and runs from 12 June – 13 July.

The discounted World Cup offer will run until 13 July 2014 or while stock last.

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ColorMunki Display & Passport

Color Confidence will be exhibiting at an event near you!

Over the next few months the Color Confidence team will be exhibiting at a number of roadshows and open days across the country to showcase a range of specialist products from X-Rite Photo Europe and NEC.

The Color Confidence stand will include the complete X-Rite photo range including the ColorMunki Smile (Simple display calibration), ColorMunki Display (Advanced display calibration) and ColorMunki Photo (Advanced display and print calibration). As well as the i1Display Pro (Professional display calibration) and the ColorChecker Passport (RAW colour control and creativity for capture).

We will also feature a number of high quality professional performance NEC monitors for obtaining the best picture quality and colour accuracy, whilst maintaining value for money.

The events are free to attend and visitors will get the chance to see product demonstrations and get expert advice on how to get the best colour across all devices with colour accuracy in capture, on screen and in print. There will also be special offers and discounts on purchases made on the day.

Color Confidence will be exhibiting at shows as part of the Digital Imaging Show, Bigger Picture Roadshow and Calumet spring open days.

Come and meet the team on the following dates:

15 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – Birmingham
19 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Southampton
20 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Harlow
21 May – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Newmarket
22 May – Digital Imaging Show – Maidstone
22 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – Manchester Store
29 May – Calumet Spring Open Day – London (Drummond Street)
2 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Maidstone
3 June – Bigger Picture Roadshow – Oxford
5 June – Calumet Spring Open day – Bristol

For more information on the events and venues, visit:

Bigger Picture Roadshow
Digital Imaging Shows
Calumet spring open days

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Pantone Capsure

This Spring, treat yourself, your office and your clients to a Pantone Capsure device, to accurately measure colours wherever you are and refer them to the closest Pantone match. This post will explain all the features of the Pantone Capsure and explain how this device can benefit and aid you on your colour management journey.

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The Pantone Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately capture colour from any surface and match it to the closest official Pantone colour. The Capsure is loaded with over 8,000 colours from 8 different colour guides and the colours you capture can be directly matched to any of these guides for prime accuracy. The Capsure is ideal for all creative industries; allowing creatives to use the Capsure portably to match any surface to a Pantone colour, create colour palettes or descriptive mood boards for any project.

The screen on the Capsure is 1.75 inches and has a variety of settings, along with providing the page number, sRGB, Adobe RGB, Lab, CMYK and HTML values to the corresponding Pantone guide. The Capsure uses camera technology to pick up not only spot colours, but also can extract multiple spot colours from patterns and textures.

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The Pantone Capsure comes with Color Manager software. This allows you to import your colours to the software and create colour ways and palettes. Palettes can be fully integrated and exported quickly and efficiently to Photoshop, Illustrator etc. The standard Capsure is updated via USB, giving you the ability to update your libraries, and is also available with Bluetooth.

Using the Pantone Capsure with any of the Pantone Guides will give you the best opportunity to capture any colour and instantly reference it to your guides, giving you accurate colour management and specification on any project you are working on for Fashion, Home and Interiors or Graphics.

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Don’t forget, with the brand new set of Pantone Plus graphics colour guides, there is a guide for each member of the creative industry. Take a look at your Pantone Buyers Guide from our last Pantone newsletter, which explains guide by guide which is the most appropriate for you! There is a guide for each member of the creative industry, allowing for any project or design to be executed from start to finish with an accurate and effective workflow.

Order your Pantone Capsure direct from us today. Click here to see the Pantone Capsure and click here for the Pantone Capsure with Bluetooth.

Click here to be taken to the Pantone guides and see where your creativity can take you!

 

 

The Color Confidence team

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Come and visit us at IPEX!

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Following our last blog explaining the launch of the Pantone Plus graphics guides updates, we wanted to alert you of Pantone’s presence at the ExCel center at the IPEX convention this week! Join them there to see the new products and their updates first hand, ask questions and use the opportunity to widen your knowledge of colour management even more.

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The Pantone Plus launch brought with it, the brand new reveal of 84 new colours, a new and improved colour order for the guides and brand new covers to liven up your colour specifying. These features will give you and your office an even wider variety of colours to work with to the best of your ability, and the confidence you need to manage your colour accurately.

For your chance to see the brand new products, speak to Pantone Product specialists and ask all the questions you desire about the new range, join us at IPEX 2014, at the Excel Centre in London where we will be this week until Friday. Please visit Ipex’s website for more details

Pantone will be on stand N2-D210 with Just Normlicht. This will also give you the opportunity to see and learn the importance of lighting when it comes to choosing your colours correctly and accurately. Just Normlicht will be showcasing a range of viewing booths and soft proofing booths.

To go to the new Pantone Plus Product range click here for color guides and here for chip books.

For the entire Pantone products click here

REMINDER:  Special offer of free delivery on the new set of Pantone Plus graphics products will finish at the end of the month (31st March). 

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Pantone Plus New Product Launch!

To all our creative Color Confidence followers!

Following the announcement of the Pantone Color Of the Year 2014- Radiant Orchid, Pantone have launched an update to the Pantone Plus graphics range of colour guides and chip books. Treat yourself and your office with a brand new up to date set of Pantone Plus Color Guides. This post will clearly identify all the changes and benefits of the update. This will give you the knowledge and confidence you need for accurate and enjoyable colour specification and control throughout your workflow.

Pantone have changed three key elements of their Pantone Plus range: the addition of 84 colours, the order of the guides, and the covers of the guides.

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ADDITION OF 84 NEW PANTONE COLOURS:

A key benefit of the new guides is the addition of 84 new colours to the range. This increases the number of Pantone spot colours from 1,677 to 1,761 colours. These new 84 colours feature a wider variety of shades and hues in purples and pinks (relevant to Pantone Color Of the Year- Radiant Orchid) and more vibrant blue and green colours. Having the extra 84 Pantone spot colours allows you to broaden your palette even further and work with an up to date set of, fresh and innovative colours. You will be able to create projects to their full potential and give your clients and colleagues the confidence they need to make colour decisions accurately and positively.

REVISED COLOUR ORDER FOR THE PANTONE PLUS GUIDES:

Along with the new colours, Pantone have changed the order of the Formula and ColorBridge guides to be presented in an organised chromatic arrangement, with all the colours in the correct order. The page sequence was last revised in 2010 and the subsequent addition of 336 new colours in 2012 and the 84 new colours of 2014 have been chromatically arranged within the new guides. When choosing colours, this logical order will aid you to make decisions based on colour families, and give you a better idea of which colours work together and don’t.

CHANGE IN PANTONE PLUS COVERS:

A key visual change in the guides comes with the covers of the guides and chip books. Pantone held a competition and invited Creatives from all over the world to submit their work and selected four pieces of artwork to showcase on the covers. The Pantone Formula Guide and ColorBridge guide display the winning images.

The Formula Guide Coated and Uncoated Guides have a different image, and each image has 7 variations. Your formula guide coated and uncoated will contain one of the seven sections of the winning artwork.

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The CMYK GuidesPremium MetallicsMetallics and Pastels and Neons guides all have new covers as well. The Metallic covers are in a metallic paper, similarly Pastels and Neons is Neon blue. The corresponding Chip Books for each of the guides have matching folders.

         

Pantone Essentials, Portable Guide Studio and Pantone Reference Library will all remain in the same format as previously, but with appropriately updated guides and folders.

 

Click here to see the whole Pantone Plus graphics range and get your guides to start confident and accurate colour management today.

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To all our creative Color Confidence followers!

Introducing a brand new up to date version of the Pantone Capsure and FHI Color Guide bundle. Treat yourself, your office and your clients to a Pantone Capsure and FHI Color Guide for the chance to accurately measure colours wherever you are, and refer back to all the Fashion and Home set of Pantone colours. This post will explain all the features of the Pantone Capsure and FHI guide and explain how beneficial this bundle can be for you.pant180

The Pantone Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately capture colour from any surface and match it to the closest official Pantone colour. The Capsure is loaded with over 8,000 colours from 8 different colour guides and the colours you capture can be directly matched to any of these guides for prime accuracy. The Capsure is ideal for fashion, interiors and all creative industries, allowing creatives to use the Capsure portably to match any surface to a Pantone colour, create colour palettes or descriptive mood boards for any project. The screen on the Capsure is 1.75 inch and has a variety of settings, along with providing the page number, sRGB and HTML values, and mixing recipes for the fan guides you choose to correspond the colour you’re matching to. The Capsure uses camera technology to pick up not only spot colours, but also patterns and textures and often provide you with two Pantone matches from one colour swatch. The Pantone Capsure comes with Color Manager software. This allows you to import your colours to the software and create colour ways and palettes. Palettes can be fully integrated and exported quickly and efficiently to Photoshop, Illustrator etc.

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The new Pantone FHI Guide gives you 2,100 fashion and home colours on paper in compact and highly portable fan deck. This resource inspires easy colour selection and specification and allows you to communicate your colour choices and ideas with anyone, anywhere.  Each colour swatch has a name and numerical reference. This identification allows for quick decisions and easy referencing which makes it the ideal tool for activities such as client meetings, on site reviews and sample shopping. When using the FHI colour guide, you will have accurate and consistent colour selection on the move.

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Purchasing the Pantone Capsure & FHI Guide will give you the best opportunity to capture your colour and instantly reference it to your fashion and home guide, giving yourself, your customer and your office the best chance for accurate colour management and specification on any project you are working on.

Color Confidence presents this new product bundle to our followers at a brand new, lower than ever price of £499.00!

To read more about this bundle, click here to be taken to the product page:

http://shop.colourconfidence.com/product.php?xProd=5108

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Exclusive Pantone Offer

A great new year offer for our Color Confidence followers. Treat your office to a fresh, up to date set of Pantone Plus guides in a convenient carry case. You will receive a 20% discount off the Pantone Plus Essentials, or the Pantone Portable Guide Studio. Alongside this special deal, we will also add a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator that can be used for both home and office use giving you the confidence to viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

What’s more, with this special deal, we will also give you a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator for both home and office use, giving you the happiness and confidence of viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

So, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Pantone Plus Essentials and Pantone Portable Guide Studio and how this will help you and your office achieve the best work you possibly can. Well, with either of these Pantone bundles, you are giving yourself and your co-workers the best for selecting, specifying and communicating colour effectively and accurately in industry.

The guides contain all 1,677 Pantone Plus Series Solid spot colours, also the closest equivalent CMYK colours, and a further 2,868 CMYK colour variations, an essential set of colour guides when designing and communicating with clients in colour. These guides are all accurately reproduced on both coated and uncoated media.

The Pantone Plus Essentials contains the following six Pantone Plus graphics guides:

Pantone Plus Formula Guides contain all 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours with their mixing recipes, printed on both coated and uncoated paper.

Pantone Plus ColorBridge are essential for designers. All 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours alongside their closest CMYK equivalent. Each swatch includes the sRGB and HTML value for each colour printed on both coated and uncoated media.

Pantone Plus CMYK Guides contain an extended range of an additional 2,868 colours in process CMYK printed on coated and uncoated media.

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The Portable Guide Studio offers the complete selection of all Pantone Plus Series Guides. It comprises all six of the Pantone Essentials guides and also includes an additional three fan guides: Metallics, Premium Metallics and Pastel and Neon guides. With these three extra guides, you are expanding your colour palette and ensuring you have as many options as possible when creating your work. In the Portable Guide Studio you will have more than 9,000 market-proven colours allowing you and your office to communicate effectively throughout your industry.

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Along with all this, your free ColorMunki Smile is an easy to use monitor calibrator. It doesn’t require the user to have any colour science knowledge and is able to calibrate any LCD or LED display (laptop or desktop).  It will provide you with a before and after image to show how effective and necessary an accurately colour calibrated monitor can be. The ColorMunki Smile is very quick, and is a great gadget to use at home and in the workplace.

This offer will be ending on 31st January 2014, or until stock lasts.

The Color Confidence Team

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Exclusive Pantone Offer

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Happy Holidays to all our Color Confidence customers! Before you indulge in mince pies and Christmas movies, check out our very exclusive offer that we have created just for you. For the New Year, treat your office to a brand new fresh up to date set of Pantone Plus guides in a convenient carry case. We are offering you a 20% discount off the Pantone Plus Essentials, or the Pantone Portable Guide Studio.

What’s more, with this special deal, we will also give you a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator for both home and office use, giving you the happiness and confidence of viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

So, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Pantone Plus Essentials and Pantone Portable Guide Studio and how this will help you and your office achieve the best work you possibly can. Well, with either of these Pantone bundles, you are giving yourself and your co-workers the best for selecting, specifying and communicating colour effectively and accurately in industry.

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The guides contain all 1,677 Pantone Plus Series Solid spot colours, also the closest equivalent CMYK colours, and a further 2,868 CMYK colour variations, an essential set of colour guides when designing and communicating with clients in colour. These guides are all accurately reproduced on both coated and uncoated media.

The Pantone Plus Essentials contains the following six Pantone Plus graphics guides:

Pantone Plus Formula Guides contain all 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours with their mixing recipes, printed on both coated and uncoated paper.

Pantone Plus ColorBridge are essential for designers. All 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours alongside their closest CMYK equivalent. Each swatch includes the sRGB and HTML value for each colour printed on both coated and uncoated media.

Pantone Plus CMYK Guides contain an extended range of an additional 2,868 colours in process CMYK printed on coated and uncoated media.

The Portable Guide Studio offers the complete selection of all Pantone Plus Series Guides. It comprises all six of the Pantone Essentials guides and also includes an additional three fan guides: Metallics, Premium Metallics and Pastel and Neon guides. With these three extra guides, you are expanding your colour palette and ensuring you have as many options as possible when creating your work. In the Portable Guide Studio you will have more than 9,000 market-proven colours allowing you and your office to communicate effectively throughout your industry.

Along with all this, your free ColorMunki Smile is an easy to use monitor calibrator. It doesn’t require the user to have any colour science knowledge and is able to calibrate any LCD or LED display (laptop or desktop).  It will provide you with a before and after image to show how effective and necessary an accurately colour calibrated monitor can be. The ColorMunki Smile is very quick, and is a great gadget to use at home and in the workplace.

This offer will be ending on 31st January 2014, or until stock lasts.

Happy Holidays,

The Color Confidence Team