Monthly Archives: November 2012

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Christmas_blog2Yes, it is still November…

But you can’t escape the plethora of Christmas adverts that have been reminding us of the need to do the shopping since August/September.

ANYWAY…

With the success of last years Color Confidence Christmas Shop, we’re pleased to launch this year’s Christmas Shop today.

We’ve re-designed the layout this year with some funky graphics, made navigation more shopper friendly, and broken it into categories to make shopping a bit easier:

  • Gifts for Photographers – from camera bags to monitor calibrators, there’s a gift to be found for all photographers from hobbyist to professional. And. better still. every item in this section comes with a free* AGFAPhoto memory card!
  • Stocking Fillers – Find that little extra something in our stocking fillers section
  • Accessories – everything you need for your Apple Mac or iPad with Rain Design laptop accessories and Booq bags

So if you have a photographer, designer or colour expert in the family and are struggling to find something this year, have a browse and get yourself the perfect gift.

Happy Shopping!

*Memory cards range from 2Gb – 8Gb, terms and conditions apply

A Tecco paper for every photograph…

There’s more than one way to take a photograph.

And, there’s more than one paper type to print your images on.

You take the time to edit and fine-tune your images to enhance colour, tone and definition, but then continue to print on your standard A4 office printer paper, meaning the image can often looks flat and uninspiring (not what it does on your screen!).

Aside from calibrating your printer to improve results (use one of these to do that…) you should try using different paper weights, styles and textures to enhance your printouts, bringing them to life on the page.

Tecco Paper offer high quality inkjet papers with superb colour fidelity and vibrancy – with a range of finishes and textures to choose from – making them an excellent choice for your inkjet printing. Let’s have a look at some of the range:

Tecco Photo Matt 230

  • 230 gsm
  • High resolution, superb colour fidelity
  • Fast drying times
  • Good, all-purpose paper for fine art prints, black & white or sepia photography

Tecco Luster 285

  • Heavy, 285 gsm
  • Bright white paper
  • Reproduces a high colour gamut for intricate details
  • Ideally suited for portrait, wedding or large format poster prints

Tecco Baryt 270

  • 270 gsm fibre-based
  • Ultra-smooth surface
  • Superb image sharpness and maximum tonal range and separation
  • Suited to fine art printing, colour and exhibition work

Tecco Iridium Silver Gloss 250

  • 250 gsm
  • High quality, silver-metallised paper
  • Iridium like surface with a glossy finish
  • Ideal for high-gloss images with metallic characteristics emphasised

These are just a sample of what papers are available; there is a vast array of Tecco paper styles made to suit various image styles and effects. Browse through their range here to find which paper will suit your requirements the best.

Eizo ColorEdge CX240

Color Confidence November 2012 update

Welcome to our November update where we review specific news and new products for the month

Eizo launch new ColorEdge CX240Eizo ColorEdge CX240

A new, versatile ColorEdge monitor from Eizo is now available. The CX240 is an ideal display for photographers and graphic art professionals with its wide colour gamut and uniform display brightness from corner to corner. It’s a 24″ monitor, covers 97% of Adobe RGB, and has a built-in self-correction sensor to keep your screen as colour accurate as possible (although, it will still greatly benefit from the addition of a monitor calibrator).

Learn more about this display here.

Get leading standardised lighting technology with Just Normlicht

Just Normlicht are world-renowned produces of controlled, standardised lighting solutions. By ‘standardised lighting’, we mean a light source that replicates natural lighting conditions, normally coming in the form or 5,000 kelvin (D50) or 6,500 kelvin (D65) temperatures. New in for November, Just Normlicht have launched 4 new desktop viewing booths for the accurate assessment of proofs and colour.

The colorFrame series offer space-saving desktop booths available in two sizes: 46 x 34 cm illumination area and 64 x 40 cm illumination area. These are also available as dimmer switch versions for greater control over the lighting.

For more information about these, and for controlled lighting in general, click here.

Nik Software acquired by Google

Big news confirmation for November. As you may be aware, Nik was acquired by Google in September. As a result, we will no longer be distributing boxed products, and once our stocks are depleted, only electronic downloads will be available direct from www.niksoftware.com

So if you prefer having boxed software – act now to avoid disappointment and get your copy while stocks last!

Get your free Tangerine Tango iPhone 4/4S case!

While stocks last, claim your free iPhone 4/4S case in Tangerine Tango (Pantone colour of the year 2012) with every Pantone Capsure order. The Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately match colour to almost any surface, meaning you can take inspiration from almost anything.

Learn more about it here.

Welcome to our 100th post!

Welcome to our 100th blog!

Since we started this blog nearly 2 years ago, a lot has changed both in the world of colour management and here at Color Confidence Towers!

We’ve added a significant array of new products and brands to our ever growing portfolio of colour management solutions over the last few years, and have even branched out into the realms of Apple accessories. Here’s a flavour of what we’ve added since we started this blog:

Rain Design – use your Mac in added comfort and style

Rain Design offer an award-winning range of stylish products, designed to ensure that when you are using your Apple Macintosh laptop or desktop computer you do so with maximum comfort, added safety and in cool, complimentary style. From laptop stands to iPad rests, there’s plenty on offer to accommodate your Mac.

J5Create – Cross-platform file-sharing made easy

J5 develop software and hardware as well as manufacture monitor connected companion devices such as dongle and docking, allows users a single or multiple point of access to all kinds of personal computers including Tablets and in some cases mobile phones, as well as cross operating system sharing between two computers.

FFEI RealView Packager 3D

The definitive 3D visualisation software for fast carton packaging prototyping, RealVue 3D Packager is a versatile software tool for packaging professionals involved in design, client communication and production.

These are just a few, there’s a host of vendors, brands and products we’ve added since we started this blog, all available to view here.

And, to celebrate this blogging milestone (and reward those who read this far down the page), you can get free delivery off your next order by using the code BLOG100 when ordering (valid until 16th November 2012).

Terms and Conditions apply, please read here for full information.

Phase One Capture One Pro 7 is here…

Capture One Pro 7 from Phase One – the professional choise for imaging software is now here.

Capture One Pro 7 is one of the best RAW converters around, allowing you to render in precise colours with great detail, supporting the leading high-end cameras. It contains flexible, digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution.

It gives photographers highly responsive, precision tools needed to create stunning, out-of-the-box images using a fast and intuitive workflow which can be customised to fit unique project requirements.

Think of Capture One Pro 7 as a ‘digital assistant’, allowing you to focus on capturing your vision with its image quality, reliability and speed.

It contains a host of features and tools allowing you to get the best out of your digital images. Selected highlights:

  • Capture your vision – shoot directly into the application to view and examine your images instantly in close-up detail
  • Showcase your creativity – create slideshows in seconds or produce professional looking web galleries for clients or colleagues
  • Image quality revolution – it uses the Bayer Interpolation Method (the world’s most advanced image processing engine – to achieve vastly superior image quality
  • Increased productivity – you’re not restricted or confined to a set workflow

You can learn more Capture One Pro 7 in the below video:

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