Category Archives: Graphic Design

Introducing the new Pantone Trade and Save scheme

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pantone ‘Trade and Save’ programme, which offers existing customers the chance to trade–in their old Pantone guides, in exchange for up to £100 cash back when purchasing a new Pantone product.

The Trade and Save incentive scheme makes it easier for designers, product managers, printers and all other colour decision makers to stay up-to-date with the latest graphics products from Pantone – the world leader in colour standardisation and communication tools.

“The Trade and Save incentive scheme has been devised to give people that value colour as much as we do, the encouragement to update their Pantone guides,” says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence.

Simon continues: “If you don’t use the latest Pantone products, you could be losing time, money, or even clients, through mistaken specifications or inaccurate colour reproduction. Over the past five years, 644 Pantone spot colours have been added to the Pantone Plus range of graphics guides, which now includes a total of 1,761 colours.”

Pantone prides themselves on using only the finest paper substrates for their multimedia graphic tools. But the fact is, all paper stocks yellow over time, from exposure to air or sunlight, or simply from use, which changes the appearance of the ink’s colour. For this reason, Pantone recommends replacing your colour guides frequently.

The Trade and Save scheme is made up of three easy steps.

  1. Purchase a brand new Pantone guide from colorconfidence.com – Eligible guides are included in the table below
  2. Send Color Confidence the old Pantone guide in the post – A £5 flat rate postage contribution will be added to your cash back amount
  3. The discount plus postage contribution will be refunded into your account – The guide is then verified and the discount is given (within 5 working days of receipt of the guide)

The Trade and Save scheme applies to purchases of any of the following Pantone Plus guides:

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The Trade and Save scheme ends on 31st July 2015. For more information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

EIZO Introduce New Competitively Priced Graphics Monitor With Adobe RGB Coverage

photo_bigEIZO has launched a new competitively priced 24.1 inch ColorEdge monitor that fits the varying needs and budgets of all levels of photographers and graphic design professionals. The ColorEdge CS240 offers advanced features not usually available with cost-performance monitors such as a wide colour gamut, brightness uniformity and hardware calibration.

The ColorEdge CS240 has an impressively wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) with a 1920 x 1200 resolution display and reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. The innovative LED backlight reduces power consumption to just 27 watts during typical operation and the flicker-free on-screen image display helps prevent eye fatigue.

EIZO’s DUE (digital uniformity equaliser) technology compensates for uniformity errors common to all LCD panels to produce more even brightness and colour across the screen. The dedicated calibration software supports compatibility with a wide range of third-party calibration devices.

The ColorEdge CS240 comes equipped with DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI input terminals. With the DisplayPort input, the monitor offers 10-bit display (more than one billion colours simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up table. In addition, it can display 10-bit colour via the HDMI input terminal with Deep Colour applicable devices.

The ColorEdge CS240 comes complete with EIZO’s own ColorNavigator 6 calibration software. This offers several advanced functions such as measuring the white of the paper to be used for printing for better screen-to-print matching and profile validation for verifying calibration results. Updates to ColorNavigator 6 are available free of charge at www.eizoglobal.com.

The ColorEdge CS240 is backed by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty including the LCD panel. This is at least two years more than the warranty of most monitors to ensure a long service life and low total cost of ownership.

The ColorEdge CS240 is available from Color Confidence. For more information and to purchase your monitor, visit: www.colorconfidence.com

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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

Friday round-up

We’re into November – or rather Movember (more on that later) – the night’s are drawing in, frost appeared on the car the other day and the trees are quickly changing colour. It’s a wonderful time of year full of vibrant colours and sounds – anyone off to a bonfire tonight? – and the perfect opportunity for perfecting your photography skills.

It may well present a great chance to enter our competition by capturing that picturesque, Autumnal landscape scene. We really do need to liven up our wall so please send in your pictures! You will be rewarded accordingly!

If you’re a photographer there’s a pretty decent chance you use Photoshop, Lightroom or Apeture. If you do, or are new to the software, WDL’s 13 cheat sheets are well worth a look – especially if you’re a beginner. As I’m quickly learning, there’s much more to photography than meets the eye – so anything that simplifies things can only be good!

An article published on the BJP website this week discussed street photography rights, and recent announcements from the Home Office about reviewing anti-terror policies and the potential effect on photographers. All sounds a bit complicated, but it’s well worth a read and definitely worth being aware of.

Another useful link; are you a young, aspiring creative photographer, graphic designer or web developer trying to find your way? Perhaps you’ve got all the gear, but aren’t sure what the next step is? Take a look at Ideas Tap, an arts charity established to help young, creative people at the start of their careers. It sounds a brilliant idea and a valuable resource to use.

I mentioned at the start of this post Movember. If you’re not sure what it is, have a look at this.

Yes, it means the gentlemen of Colour Confidence are growing – or trying to grow – vast amounts of facial hair to raise awareness for males cancers. All good.

It’s just a shame growing facial hair leads to ridiculous amounts or itchiness. And rest assured, I will be posting pictures of our efforts for you all to have a giggle at on here, and on our twitter. As of today, I can report that stubble length is still short stubble, I wouldn’t class it as ‘hair’ just yet… but there’s a long way to go!

I’m off for another scratching session.

Adam Borriello
Social media and marketing