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Colour Management

25 August 2009

In many ways, communicating with colour presents problems similar to those present when communicating in different languages. When someone who speaks French tries to communicate with someone who speaks Chinese, there is a problem and the message is not transferred accurately, if at all. Even people who speak the same language use different dialects. What is needed is a common communication framework capable of translating both language and dialect, so that the accurate transfer of information is ensured. The same applies to colour management.

The solution came from the International Colour Consortium, which promoted a communication framework and colour management using digital means (ICC Colour Management Framework). Colour management ensures a framework of colour communication between machines, software, and the user. Like an interpreter, colour management accurately translates the colour message in each stage of its reproduction, ensuring the analogical transfer of digital information.

The Colour Consulting Group is, from 2005, the first and only company in Greece focusing specifically on colour management and its implementation in the graphic arts industry. With a great deal of experience in the application of photography, image processing, and all of the current methods of printing - Inkjet (Pigmented, Solvent, UV), chemical photography (Minilabs, Durst), Offset, Flexo, Gravure – we share and transfer our technical knowledge by offering consultative and training seminars.

Our services have been trusted by photographers, graphic designers, digital file managers, digital printers and printing offices throughout Greece and Europe.

From 2008, Colour Consulting Group has introduced the Greek graphic arts to international printing prototypes. It prepares, parameterizes, and trains the prepress and press departments so that they correspond to the international prototype ISO12647. It doesn’t stop there—we also propose procedures and the use of specialized applications with the goal being the daily monitoring of the colour management system by the users themselves.

The goal of a professional colour consultant is to ensure that the users know what is happening and why, and how to intervene.

All the procedures are carried out under strict scientific criteria. Digital technology has given us the ability to measure everything. “If you can measure something, you can manage it, and if you can manage it, you can reproduce it.”

In this rapidly growing profession, we take care to keep ourselves updated and well-informed of new developments in cooperation with international institutions, training seminars, and colleagues from all over the world. The colour consultant and director of training of Colour Consulting Group is Antonis Granis -MSc in Digital Colour Imaging.

Seminars

13 January 2010

"... you don't have to be an expert to use colour management, but if you are totally unfamiliar with the concepts behind technology, Colour Management may seem like Magic." (Fraser. Murphy, Bunting 2003).

Colour Consulting Group takes responsibility in the clarification of everything surrounding digital colour. We can discuss, evaluate, and design the ideal training seminar for you and your personnel. We commit to transferring our knowledge in such a way that is comprehensible to all, regardless of their training background. Our goal is for you to obtain the ability to locate the problem, analyze it, and solve it.

OffSet Standardization - ISO 12647

13 January 2010

Colour Consulting Group, in yet another pioneering move, has worked and trained with foreign mediums in order to accurately define and transfer to Greece the needs brought to the graphic arts industry by the very well-known ISO 12647.

ISO 12647 -2 Graphic technology — Process control for the production of half-tone colour separations, proof and production prints.

Colour Consulting Group can guarantee your ideal preparation for the certification of your business by any third-party organization (FOGRA, UGRA, MELLOW, GRACOL, etc.). Ever true to our values as colour consultants, we will not emphasize a particular carrier, but we will guarantee your perfect preparation, regardless of the carrier you finally choose to conduct the inspection.

Photography

13 January 2010

GIGO rule: "Garbage In Garbage Out"

With the ever-increasing use of digital photography, photographers have come face to face with a number of new terms and concepts. Colour Consulting Group aims to fill in the gaps of this rapid change.

JPEG or TIFF? 8 or 16 bits? sRGB or AdobeRGB? Gamma 2.2 or 1.8?

These are only some of the questions that trouble our clients. In our Colour Management Seminars for photographers, we ensure that you will be completely reconciled with the needs of modern digital photography.

Camera Profiling, RAW conversion, Image Manipulation, Sharpening Methods, Upscaling/Extrapolation Methods... these are only a few of the subjects covered and analyzed in our seminars.

Digital Printing

18 January 2010

Common terms

"Digital Printing is the reproduction of digital images on a physical surface. It is generally used for short print runs and for the customisation of print media." (Wikipedia)

With experience in all forms of modern digital printing, Colour Consulting Group can support, train, and improve every production. Colour management promises the improvement in quality, as well as the simultaneous acceleration of the production procedure. We make sure to uphold this promise by offering the opportunity to make the most of your investments and your valuable time.

DURST - FUJI - AGFA - NORITSU - ROLAND - MIMAKI - MUTOH - EPSON - CANON - HP - XEROX – these are some of the machines we use.

DURST CHEETAH - CALDERA - WASATCH SOFTRIP - ONYX POSTERSHOP - POSTERJET - ERGOSOFT - EFI - VERSAWORKS - COLORBURST - GMG – PROOFMASTER—these are some of the RIP we use.

Special

19 January 2010

MTF target

Having the necessary theoretical background, Colour Consulting Group offers particular applications of colour when the situation is not quite clear, even abroad. FLEXO, VIDEO, MEDICAL IMAGING, all compose applications which we have already dealt with and strongly contributed to.

In these cases, CCG conducts an investigation, evaluates, and presents the newest developments of the international scientific community of Colour Imaging. Our goal is to give the necessary impetus so that your company can be a leader in developments against the competition.

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