Identical CMYK print files will appear different on every computer monitor. This is mainly because monitors simulate CMYK color in the RGB color gamut.
Color reproduction has a fundamental problem: a given “CMYK Breakdown” doesn’t necessarily produce the same color in all devices.
“Color management” is a process where the color characteristics for every device in the imaging chain is known precisely and utilized in color reproduction. It often occurs behind the scenes and doesn’t require any intervention, but when color problems arise, understanding this process can be critical.
Type of print media is one of the most overlooked variables in printing. How a printed image looks is directly affected by the color, brightness, finish, coating, opacity, weight and absorbency of the media on which it’s printed.
Have you ever been in someone’s home and decided you absolutely had to have their wall color in your own home? But when you painted your own room, the color looked quite different? What’s up with that? Metamerism.
The color gamut of a printing device is determined by the hue, saturation and lightness of its cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks and the brightness, and other characteristics, of the paper or substrate on which they are printed.
No device in a publishing system is capable of reproducing the full range of colors viewable to the human eye. Each device operates within a specific color space that can produce a certain range, or gamut, of colors.
You don’t have to spend too long in the color management world before you come across the term Delta-E. As with many things color, it seems simple to understand at first, yet the closer you look, the more elusive it gets.
A Certified G7 Expert is an expert in the field of color management, process and quality control for proofing and printing equipment. A G7 Expert is able to analyze color and print related issues and take corrective action to bring systems and processes in control to a set method, standard or specification with repeatable, predictable results