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

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

The G7 Methodology will be demonstrated across various digital output devices, that may include: for prepress, Kodak Prinergy vs, Preps 6.3(build129) Preps connect, (1)TM637TS8  Kodak Trendsetter800II, (1)Creo Scitex Spectra, Epson/Kodak 9900 Model K162A; for pressroom, KOMORI L640P 6 Unit - Aqueous Coater, Heidelberg SM-52 Speedmaster 4 unit - No Coater, Oldham OSF-IP INX

AG Print Services
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Host Site Contact: Michael Cooper,, 417-862-1447 x2021

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

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.

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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Hotel & Directions

Event Address
AG Print Services
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

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

Area Hotels
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1117 E. St. Louis Street
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone Reservations Only: 417-862-0070
Discount Code/Event Name: G7 Training - IDEAlliance, good through October 5
Group block & rate: King/Two Double Beds $99.00s or King Suite $129.00 + tax/night (24 hour cancelation policy required)

University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65806

Driving Driections
From Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Drive 2.2 miles, 5 minutes

  1. Leave - 1117 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806
  2. Head east on E St Louis St toward S Florence Ave - 443 ft
  3. Turn left onto N National Ave - 1.1 mi
  4. Turn left onto E Division St - 0.9 mi
  5. Turn left onto N Boonville Ave - 440 ft
  6. Arrive - 1445 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802




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: