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July Inspired by Colour photo competition winner announced

Thank you to everyone that took part in the ‪’Inspired by Colour’ photo competition last month. We are pleased to reveal that our July winner is Liz Nguyen with her ‘Fun in the Sun’ themed image entitled ‘That’s what I call a holiday…’

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Liz’s winning image ‘That’s what I call a holiday’

Liz is now the proud owner of a DxO Elite Suite worth £319.42 incl. VAT.

Other great entries in the July competition include:

‘RG1 6NS’ by Nick Board

‘Kite fun in the sun’ by Chris Jameson

Sienese Flags

‘Sienese Flags’ by Keith Holmes

Enter our August photo competition for your chance to win a selection of Tecco PHOTO high quality inkjet papers (worth £109).

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PANTONE’s new Extended Gamut Guide bridges the gap between spot and process colour printing

EGGPANTONE has launched a new colour communication guide that bridges the gap between CMYK and spot colour printing.

The new PANTONE PLUS SERIES Extended Gamut Coated Guide has been created to help brand owners; designers, prepress professionals and printers to determine when it may be possible to more accurately reproduce a solid PANTONE colour using CMYK + PANTONE XG Orange, Green and Violet (OGV) Inks.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Guide is a visual, seven-colour printing simulation of the 1,729 existing PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® colours. Printed with an extremely high-quality, seven-colour printing process, the Extended Gamut Coated Guide uses existing Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) inks, plus commonly used Orange, Green and Violet (OGV) inks that ‘extend’ the colour gamut significantly.

The new PANTONE Extended Gamut Guide will allow designers and printers to achieve approximately 90% of all PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM spot colours through the seven-colour process system.

The PANTONE guide was developed in partnership with Esko, the global supplier of innovative printing solutions and packaging software, and Disc Graphics, an award-winning creative packaging printer.

Each page of the PANTONE guide has been replicated and numbered to mirror that of the current PANTONE PLUS Series Formula Guide, so a designer or printer can quickly and easily compare the original spot colours to the new extended gamut reproductions.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Coated Guide includes:

  • 1,729 seven-colour process simulations of PANTONE Formula Guide Solid Coated Colours on coated stock
  • Closest seven-colour process match with sRGB values
  • Screen tint percentages displayed
  • Colours bleed off page edges for ease and accuracy when comparison checking
  • Portable fan guide format which provides convenience and fast access to colour data
  • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
  • Colour locator index
  • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE EXTENDED GAMUT Coated (XGC) number and/or name.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Coated Guide is available to purchase from Color Confidence – Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets. For more information about the PANTONE range, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

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.

Red Arrows Staff Away Day at RAF Scampton

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Last Friday (22 May 2015), some of the Color Confidence team went on a staff away day to RAF Scampton in Lincoln. It was a lovely day out, which included:

  • A presentation on the activities of the Red Arrows, given by one of the Squadron’s Officers
  • Sitting in on the pilot’s briefing session
  • Watching a flying display practice
  • Having a photograph taken with the pilots in front of an aircraft (see picture above)
  • Sitting in on the pilot’s debrief session
  • A buffet lunch with the team members
  • A guided tour of the Hawk aircraft by one of the engineers.

This was an exciting opportunity to watch the Red Arrows in action before the start of their UK tour. A selection of images from the day can be found below:

2The Red Arrows flying display practice.

3What an incredible display.

1A majority of the team had their professional photography equipment at the ready!

4We have supported the Red Arrows for a number of years and provide them with colour management services, prints and equipment.

7Our guided tour of the Hawk aircraft.

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Come and discuss all things Dry Lab at Focus On Imaging

Hello everybody

We’re sounding slightly like a broken record at the moment, but we’re almost ready to unveil our Focus On Imaging plans for 2013. What we can reveal though is our plans for our Imaging and Printing Division…

pete_hollandPete Holland – who heads up our Imaging and Printing Division – will be present on stands C11 (that’s our stand!) and stand E10 (Epson) throughout the show. He looks after all things Epson and Noritsu Printers at Color Confidence, particularity focusing on professional Dry Lab solutions which allow you to produce supreme quality prints on a variety of paper sizes and media, perfect for professional or business printing.

Two Dry Lab solutions worth seeing him for:

Epson SureLab SL-D3000

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The SureLab range sets the benchmark for Dry Lab accuracy and quality, ideally suited to high-end photography print reproduction. The Epson D3000 offers a print quality and colour consistency comparable to that of Epson’s professional graphics printers. This means output will appear consistent to customers, giving companies the flexibility to work with a wider range of sizes and print run lengths by using the SL-D3000 in conjunction with another Epson printer.

Noritsu QSS Green

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QSS Green is the latest in a long line of innovative Dry minilab systems from Noritsu. Powerful, versatile and compact, the QSS Green is built to handle a wide variety of printing requirements. The QSS Green also raises the bar in terms of environmental friendliness and print variety and has the potential to become the new de-facto standard model for photo businesses.

If you’d like to arrange to meet Pete at the show, visit his dedicated Focus page on our microsite.

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.

Why don’t my printouts match my screen?

This is probably the most frequent question we get asked at CC HQ…

Whether on the phone, at Focus on Imaging, or at one of our Drop-in days; “why does my printout look different to what I see on-screen” is a frequent query from photographers and designers alike, particularly those that are starting, or wanting to print from home.

There are no single reasons for this, there are often multiple factors coming into play, such as; an un-calibrated screen, your working environment lighting conditions, system set-ups on your monitor or printer, the list goes on…

Luckily, there is a simple solution to this problem in the shape of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.

ColorMunki Photo has been designed to be an all-in-one spectral device for monitor, printer and even projector profiling – basically, a device that will ensure what you see on your screen is replicated as closely as possible when you print out.

It does this by calibrating/profiling both your LCD/CRT monitor and your printer.

Firstly, working like a ‘conventional’ monitor calibrator, ColorMunki Photo will create a custom profile you can save and apply to your monitor. It will integrate your display contrast settings and brightness into your workflow, giving you accurate on-screen colours.

Secondly, ColorMunki Photo will calibrate your RGB or CMYK printer by getting it to print out a series of test charts. The ColorMunki will scan the first test chart, learning how your printer behaves with these colours. Once this is done, a second chart is produced and scanned by the ColorMunki, thus creating a printer profile to save to your printer.

That’s it.

Colour accuracy is now achieved across your workflow from monitor to printer.

Learn more about ColorMunki Photo and how it can benefit your workflow here.

Colour Reference Guides part 2 – media types

Last week we blogged about the types of colour referencing guides and formats available for you to use when referencing colour.

This week, part 2 sees us look at the types of media these reference guides use, and how that may affect your choice of reference guide.

You may see reference guides being described in the below ways:

Coated – This means the paper which the colours are printed on has a surface coating so that the inks sit nicely on the paper. This results in a vibrant, bold printed colour.

Uncoated – A more ‘natural’ feel than coated media. It is easier to write on, but colours appear flatter due to the ink being absorbed by the paper.

Newsprint & Recycled – This is a lower grade of paper which normally produces a ‘dirty’ or off-white colour. The paper itself has a high-level of ink absorbency producing dull, muted printed colour.

Which one should I go for?

As you can imagine, it depends on what the guide is required for. Generally, Coated guides are the most popular due to their vibrancy. However, Uncoated guides will probably give you a better reflection of what you can expect to be printed out. Newsprint/Recycled media will be best suited for newspaper adverts, which normally require CMYK 4-colour prints.

The sort of print processes – or paper – you are using may also determine which colour reference guide to go for. So what printing processes are there?

Types of Print Process

CMYK 4-Colour – A range of colours can be achieved through printing a combination of Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K) which combine and mix on the paper during the print process. The resulting colours aren’t high on vibrancy, but the CMYK 4-colour process is required for the reproduction of photographic type images, or multiple flat areas of colour. CMYK prints are made by printing a mixture of coloured dots which blur to produce the desired colour.

Spot Colour Printing – In this method, inks are mixed to achieve specific colours before they are applied to the printing press. Mixing ‘recipes’ are provided for the print companies alongside each colour reference, in this case, found in Pantone Formula Guides. Specially made Pantone mixing scales are also available to help the mixing process. Spot printing produces a cleaner, more consistent image than CMYK.

Textile, Plastic, Paint… – Unlike printing ink onto paper, colouring textiles, plastics and other materials have far more variables. For such processes, rather than colour recipes being created, manufacturers of the raw materials are certified for producing pre-colour specified materials.

 Is there anything else I need to consider?

The final piece of the colour reference and print jigsaw is the visual assessment of colour afterwards. It is worth considering how the light and environment in which you review colours may affect how it looks.

You can read about viewing conditions and how they affect what you see in our blog post, here.

Noritsu and Neolt – who are they??

Color Confidence have recently announced that they have taken on distribution of two new brands, Noritsu and Neolt.

If you’re thinking that these might be two new pieces of software or a colour management devices that you might be interested in but haven’t heard of yet, then you’re a bit off the mark!

First lets start with Noritsu.

Noritsu are a Japanese manufacturer of the worlds best mini labs. In basic terms, Noritsu are the people behind the printing of your photos!

If you go into high street labs, and pro-labs across the country then there is a good chance your photos, or photo books are being printed on a Noritsu machine.

Noritsu are renowned for producing the highest quality mini labs – both wet and dry.

Color Confidence is now the distributor for these machines and consumables, meaning we are building closer ties with labs to help them get a more colour accurate workflow. This should mean that the images you get back from your local lab will be better quality.

So if your not happy with the colour of your prints – tell your local lab to choose a Noritsu, or choose a lab who uses Noritsu.


And what about Neolt?

Ever wondered how signmakers produce banners that cover huge billboards, and how shops produce Point of Sale banners of eye-popping quality?

The world of wide-format printing is an astonishing place – we attended Sign and Digital UK this year, and there are printing machines that make the downstairs of my house look very small!

Neolt are an Italian manufacturer of wide-format printers, who, bucking the trend, manufacture their equipment in Italy (rather than the far east), and additionally use all European components.

This approach delivers the highest quality printers, and allows users to print outstanding quality wide-format output on a whole range of different media, be it standard ink on paper, or even Perspex.

Neolt is a new brand in the UK, despite being manufactured In Italy since 1941.

Once again, Color Confidence as distributor are looking to show the UK market the quality of these machines, and then bring our own added value of outstanding colour reproduction, to ensure that Neolt users are renowned for producing the most accurate and impressive images in the market.

For more information, check out:

www.noritsu.co.uk
www.neoltdigital.com

Javan Bramhall
Marketing manager