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Controlling Color

(January 2011) posted on Wed Jan 12, 2011

New developments in color-management tools, technologies, and standards.


By Stephen Beals

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Hardware and targets
EasyColor spectrophotometer: The Spectro EasyColor from Caldera (caldera.eu) is an automatic reflection/transmission spectrophotometer for linearization and profiling of photographic and wide-format output devices for flexible reflective and transparent materials. EasyColor specifications include the ability to measure flexible materials with a thickness up to .07mm (paper, banner, canvas, canvas cover for trucks, backlit, film, etc.); measure targets with up to 3000 patches; measure the ECI2002 and IT8/7.4 chart in original size; measure aperture reflection (2mm ) and transmission (2mm). Its target markets are aqueous and solvent large-format inkjet printers, entry- to mid-range UV-cure flatbed printers, packaging, proofing, fine-art printing, and prepress. The Easycolor is driven by EasyMedia, Caldera’s integrated color-management, color-calibration, and profile-making solution.

Discus calibration: The Discus high-end monitor/projector/ambient calibration device from BasicColor (basiccolor.de) has been designed specifically to maximize profiling precision for today's wider gamut LCD and LED displays. The device is built out of machined aluminum, uses fade-resistant glass filters, and incorporates a laser aiming device for off-display measurements.

Measuring color, density with Konica Minolta: Konica Minolta Sensing Americas also has released a new series of spectrodensitometers. The FD-5 and FD-7 are handheld models that can measure density and color while taking into account the fluorescence of the paper substrate. They use Konica Minolta's Virtual Fluorescence Standard (VFS) technology that enables color evaluation while taking into consideration the fluorescence of paper under D50 (the standard light source used for color evaluation). The FD-7 meets the ISO 13655 M1 standard for fluorescence and color measurement; it also includes an Automatic Wavelength Compensation feature that automatically calibrates in the wavelength direction when white calibration is performed.


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