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Diagnose your colour woes at PacPrint

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
By Print 21 Online Article

The special Colour Graphics Services Test Forme, available for free.

Colour Graphic Services is offering free ‘colour health checks’ for offset, digital and wide-format printers at PacPrint in May.

David Crowther.

Printers can print the free test forme to the best of their ability on the device of their choice and bring it to CGS’s stand B62 at PacPrint, where ‘Colour Doctor’ David Crowther will analyse and provide feedback on their colour performance. “The test provides printers with a report and detailed information about where their colour quality is at on the device they printed it on. We’re measuring it against the ISO standard for print, which is the basis for colour quality, so they can see how close they are and we can advise what they should do,” Crowther said.

The health check will be performed using ISO 13655-compatible Techkon spectrophotometers, and compared against the ISO 12647 colour standard using Mellow Colour software. The program will provide a detailed report within seconds, identifying colour issues and suggesting remedies.

Printers interested in the health check can obtain the forme by emailing “The file we send in advance is big, around 200MB, so either high bandwidth or a file sending service such as DropBox or SendStuffNow can be used. It’s a PDF so can easily be put into the workflow and printed out,” Crowther said.

A CGS press release says taking advantage of the free service at PacPrint could provide a saving of hundreds of dollars, as the same process in a metro area would cost between $495 and $995 to produce, measure and report on the test forme.

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