What’s New With GRACoL

October/November 2013

G7 SHEETFED USERS: FOLLOW BEST PRACTICES AND MAKE SURE YOU USE THE G7 TARGETED QUALIFICATION KIT AND CHECKLIST DURING YOUR QUALIFICATION/REQUALIFICATION.

The GRACoL Committee is currently working on multiple projects

New GRACoL 2013 and Updated GRACoL 2013 Dataset now available

For the past 7 years GRACoL 2006 has been the primary reference print condition used by designers and print buyers in North America and other regions of the world. The GRACoL Committee has approved an updated version GRACoL 2013 (CGATS 21 RPC-6). GRACoL 2013 is almost identical to GRACoL 2006, with only a few minor differences that should not affect print buyers and print providers. There is a document describing these changes available here: 

New ICC profiles and Dataset is available for download from the IDEAlliance website or from color.org.

Download the New: SWOP2013 and GRACoL2013 ICC Profiles

Download the Specification Sheet for the new ICC Profiles

Watch the R.I.T. PSA video for Proofing & Printing using the new GRACoL/SWOP Profiles using SCCA & your instrument in M1:  RIT/PSA YouTube Video

Expanded Gamut Printing for Offset Printers

 

We have started a project to explore using G7with expanded gamut offset printing. At the August Print Properties meeting Don Hutcheson proposed formal work on an expanded G7 calibration procedure for an expanded gamut G7 dataset. Most good sheetfed printers are capable of increasing the quality and gamut of their print condition using their normal CMYK inks. The GRACoL committee is supporting this effort and will develop a set of procedures and best practices to be used by offset printers to calibrate to an expanded gamut G7 calibration in their shops. This project is being discussed during upcoming GRACoL committee calls, and we will begin conducting test runs in the next few months.

New Documents from the GRACoL Committee

There are a number of new documents available from the GRACoL Committee that can be downloaded here:

New IDEAlliance Control Wedge

Print Properties Committee has just completed a 3 row control strip project, which was led by Bruce Bayne. The new control strip contains additional patches, and has been updated. You can download the new control strip from the following link below. (The previous IDEAlliance 2009 control strip is also still valid as well).

http://www.idealliance.org/downloads/idealliance-iso-12647-7-3-row-digital-control-wedge-2013

Development on calibration method for spot color units (to be used with G7 calibration)

At the August 2012 Print Properties meeting Don Hutcheson proposed a method to be used for calibration of spot colors by offset printers. Currently when we perform a G7 calibration we omit any specific calibration for the spot units. We will be supporting the development of a calibration method to be performed on the spot units during the G7 calibration.

New Verification Test Target in the Works

IDEAlliance, in partnership with Munsell, will be releasing a target to be used for instrument quality and consistency checking. The target will be available for pre-orders beginning Oct 1st 2013. Watch this page for updates.

G7 Master Pass/Fail Guidelines

The G7 Master Pass/Fail Guidelines have been published and are available for download for over a year now. The G7 Master Pass/Fail describes detailed pass/fail requirements for pressheets submitted to IDEAlliance and their auditor for G7 Master and G7 PC Qualification. After a 18 months of review and editing this document is finally complete! All G7 Experts and G7 PC Experts should be familiar with this document.

IDEAlliance releases Print Guidelines:

IDEAlliance® has released its 12th Edition of Printing Guidelines, categorizing the latest best practices and specifications for printing. The 44-page guide addresses the demands of evolving customer needs, the new challenges of acting globally, and the latest changes in technology. From specifications such as GRACoL® and SWOP® to updates in lighting and measurement, and the addition of the G7® specification TR015, this publication addresses the latest best practices in printing in North America and Internationally. The guide is available at www.idealliance.org/print-guidelines12

Viewing Condition Standard –  ISO 3664:2009

There has been a great deal of discussion about the new lighting standard and best practices for use with the new lamps. We are working on GRACoL Committee recommendations for printers who need a proof to press match.

4. We have scheduled  GRACoL calls for September and October. Watch your email for an agenda as well as dates and times.

Other News

GRACoL calls take place frequently. We are always looking for feedback – please contact us – ron@ronellis.usand send us your thoughts.

Ron Ellis, Jeff Collins, Mike Rodriquez

 

 

New Lighting Standard –  ISO 3664:2009

There has been a great deal of discussion about the new lighting standard and best practices for use with the new bulbs. We are working on GRACoL Committee recommendations for printers who need a proof to press match.

3. An update to the GRACoL section of the SWOP/GRACoL Guidelines has been completed. The new Guidelines will be published in September 2012 and will be available on this website. We are working on an update to the GRACoL section of the SWOP/GRACoL Guidelines. The GRACoL section covers items specific to GRACoL sheetfed and web print characteristics.

4. We will schedule a GRACoL call for September/October. Watch your email for an agenda as well as dates and times.

5. There will be a G7 Process Control webinar on July 18th. Watch the main IDEAlliance page for times.

Other News

G7 Process Control Program – Expert Certification

The IDEAlliance G7 Process Control Expert and Professional Certification Program is an extension to the current G7 program. Right now G7 PC qualifications have been conducted by a number of independent experts, Fuji, Xpdex and our Korean affiliate. For G7 Experts seeking to join the growing list of experts certified to qualify their creative, agency and print provider clients in G7 Process Control, IDEAlliance continues to schedule training events throughout the world. The next G7 PC training is in Boston, MA, in September 2012. Details and registration can be found hereor by emailing Illeny Maaza or calling 703-837-1070.

G7 Process Control for Service Providers

The IDEAlliance G7 Process Control (G7 PC) Master Qualification Program is designed to optimize the printing and content creation processes through on-site training, development of custom standard operating procedures, and periodic assessment. Completion of the program provides the creative agency, premedia or print provider with a list of productivity deliverables, reference materials, and quarterly reports on quality. G7 PC provides media production facilities with more efficient production methods, education, and industry recognition in the form of a qualification certificate.

The Next Print Properties Council Meeting takes in Spring of 2012.

For information on this meeting contact Joe Fazzi.

GRACoL calls take place frequently. We are always looking for feedback – please contact us – ron@ronellis.usand send us your thoughts.

Ron Ellis, Jeff Collins, Mike Rodriquez