May 12 - 14, 2015

G7 Expert/Professional Training - AG Print Services

AG Print Services / 1445 North Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO


Date: May 12-14, 2015
Host: AG Print Services
Training Type: Offset & Digital

The G7 Training is a theory-based program, offering a blend of lab instruction and lecture on how to apply the G7 method on on any type of printing process. The G7 Training is a theory based program and can be applied to any print process.

The G7 Methodology will be demonstrated across various output devices, that may include: Epson 9900, Kodak Matchprint, Digital Nexpress and Digimaster.

AG Print Services
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4pm
Laptops are welcome but not necessary. Please bring a flash drive. 

Digital press operators, offset press operators, pressroom supervisors, prepress supervisors and technicians, quality assurance managers, and printing equipment suppliers.

G7® is IDEAlliance’s industry-leading set of specifications for achieving gray balance and is the driving force for achieving visual similarity across all print processes. G7 is a specification and is listed as Technical Report (TR) 015 in ANSI/CGATS. Download the G7 TR015 Specification.

G7 is...

  1. A method where all print has a similar appearance
  2. Used to consistently hit clients’ color targets
  3. Designed to align all devices, substrates, and inks
  4. An ANSI/CGATS specication for targeting gray balance

A 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. Certification is valid for 2 years. G7 Experts must remain employed with an IDEAlliance Member Company to maintain their G7 Expert status.

A G7 Professional is generally an in-house quality/technical professional. Certification is valid for 2 years. A G7 Professional must be employed by an IDEAlliance Network Company or an IDEAlliance Member Company to maintain their G7 Professional status.

G7 Certified Systems will be demonstrated during the training course, a list of these systems can be found HERE. IDEAlliance does not endorse any one system. A method of calibrating G7 by hand (The Fan Graph Method) is reviewed during the training course and all materials related to this calibration are available free of charge and are part of the course handouts.

More information on G7 Certification can be found at:

Test your knowledge! To ensure that you are adequately prepared for the upcoming G7 Training course, IDEAlliance has made its online Color Management Professional (CMP) Fundamentals 2.0 Course available at no cost to all registered attendees. The CMP Fundamentals Course is a series of 12 online video lessons encompassing approximately 4.5 hours of education, covering the fundamental principles of color management. Successful completion of the CMP Fundamentals Course will certify you as a Color Management Professional, with listing in the database of IDEAlliance Certified Professionals. We strongly recommend that you complete this course prior to the G7 Training.


  • Cancel 21 days or more prior to event start date for a 100% refund.
  • Cancel within 21 days of event start date for a partial refund of 50% of the registration fee.
  • No refunds or transfers for no-shows or cancellations within 10 days of event start date.
  • Cancel and transfer to another event one time within 12 months of the initial registration date, no fee.
  • Additionally, if the CMP Fundamentals course has been accessed it must be paid for in full to complete and receive certification.
  • Events may be canceled by IDEAlliance at anytime, in this case a full refund or transfer to another event is offered.

Don Hutcheson

With more than 40 years of experience in photography, design, prepress, printing and color science, Don Hutcheson has pioneered many techniques we now take for granted, like RGB workflows, soft proofing, extended-gamut printing and digital proofing.

In 1995 he started the world’s first color management consultancy, HutchColor, LLC, to bring the concept of ICC color management to professional graphic users. Today he continues to train the world’s top printers, publishers, agencies, photographers and designers through private consulting and public conferences.

In 2006 as chair of the IDEAlliance GRACoL committee Don used his own Proof-to-Press calibration method (now known as “G7®”)to produce the current GRACoL and SWOP data sets. Since then G7 has made standardized printing and proofing easier and more accessible to thousands of printers and print buyers world-wide.



Event Date

May 12 - 14, 2015

AG Print Services

1445 North Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802
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Hotels & Directions

AG Print Services
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) - apx 7 mi from training location

Several area hotels have negotiated rates with the training host, Assemblies of God, including those listed below.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Springfield - I-44
2720 N Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
Phone Reservations: use discount rate "Assemblies of God"
Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
$97.00 + tax/night, Std King/Double, includes breakfast

University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone Reservatons: use discount rate "Assemblies of God"
Online Reservations: CLICK HERE, just select dates and discount rate will automatically be applied
$99.00 + tax/night, Std King/Double or $129.00+ tax/night, King Suite, includes breakfast and free wifi


From Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Springfield - I-44
2720 North Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO 65803

  • Head west toward E Kerr St/N Stewart Ave, 292 ft
  • Turn left onto N Stewart Ave, 361 ft
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto N Glenstone Ave, 1.4 mi
  • Slight right toward E Division St, 240 ft
  • Slight right onto E Division St, 1.7 mi
  • Turn left onto N Boonville Ave, Destination will be on the right, 440 ft

From University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
333 South John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 65806

  • Head southwest on S John Q Hammons Pkwy toward E Walnut St, 203 ft
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto E Walnut St, 0.3 mi
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto S Kimbrough Ave, 0.2 mi
  • Continue onto N Benton Ave, 0.3 mi
  • Turn left onto E Chestnut Expy, 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto N Boonville Ave, Destination will be on the left, 0.7 mi


About GRACoL Plus

To-date, GRACoL2006 has proven highly effective for general commercial printing, enabling consistent, accurate reproduction of a wide range of colors. However GRACoL’s color gamut is noticeably smaller than other printing methods like ink-jet, gravure and flexo, which puts GRACoL printers at a disadvantage when high color saturation is required.

To increase the appeal of offset to a wider audience, IDEAlliance is developing a program called “GRACoL Plus”. GRACoL Plus is a methodology by which the printed gamut of a 4-color offset press can be expanded while maintaining G7 compliance.

The intent of GRACoL Plus is to develop a simple, economical approach to expanded gamut CMYK offset printing that compliments conventional GRACoL. The IDEAlliance GRACoL Plus program provides standardized characterization data, ICC profiles, training, and promotional outreach to help printers and print buyers take advantage of the expanded gamut of GRACoL Plus.

This special G7 Expert / Professional Training Event will:

  • Target GRACoL Plus instead of GRACoL solid ink values
  • Identify practical solid CIELAB (or density) target values that maximize the gamut extension benefits without unwanted side-effects
  • Compare the gamut achieved with standard GRACoL data
  • Demonstrate the gamut improvement of FM screening compared to AM
  • Prepare a new ICC profile made from GRACoL Plus characterization data
  • Show how GRACoL Plus can simulate a larger number of special inks and corporate brand colors

This G7 Training will include a blend of lab instruction and lecture where you will learn how to apply the G7 method to achieve the highest quality color output on both offset and digital presses. The G7 Training is a theory based program and can be applied to any print process.

Cost & Membership

G7 Expert Certification (good for two years)

  • 3-Day Training: $2,000
  • G7 Expert Certification: $500
  • IDEAlliance Membership Dues: annual Corporate rate $1,400 and up or annual Consultant rate $550 for independent certified Experts.
  • Recertification Review & Exam: $300/every two years

G7 Professional Certification (good for two years)

  • 3-Day Training: $2,000
  • G7 Professional Certification: $0 (n/a)
  • IDEAlliance Membership Dues: Network rate $900/two years ($450/annual) or annual Corporate rate $1,400 and up.
  • Recertification Review & Exam: $150/every two years

Training Only (no certification)

  • 3-Day Training: Corporate or Network Members $2,000
  • 3-Day Training: Non-Members $3,000

Fees above do NOT include travel and expenses.

More Infromation on G7 Certification can be found at: