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FTA Cover – 3D visualisation

Color-Logic, CGS and Esko have developed visualization tools for metallic files on the monitor. These software programs help designers at the concept stage by reducing the iterative steps of going from proof to press—a cost saving in and of itself.
COLOR-LOGIC FX-VIEWER (click for detailed information)
Our own virtual proofing solution was developed as an entry level solution to see the “FX” of your design on your monitor, before going to press. Working in a 2D plane (flat sheet working) the user rotates the angle of the file onscreen, in order to see the metallic effects. FX-Viewer has a simple interface, with the option to view your designs in either silver ink printing, or white ink printing on silver foil substrates. FX-Viewer is supplied with all Color-Logic licenses.
CGS – IC3D SUITE (click for detailed information)

Real-Time 3D packaging design and visualization software, IC3D Suite. Created for brand owners, packaging pre-press and packaging printing companies, IC3D Suite dramatically simplifies and speeds up the creation and visualization of packaging products of all kinds—including bottles, flexible packages, cartons, bags, plastic containers, cans and more! Used throughout the ideation and creation process, IC3D Suite allows users to instantaneously visualize the impact of certain design decisions, create pack shots, POS and retail shelving product comparisons. IC3D Suite allows any 2D graphic artist to create 3D models and apply artwork on them in order to visualize what the real final package will look like.

Endless 3D modelling capabilities
IC3D Suite features a significant amount of pre-built models, complimented by a series of editable model templates. Templates allow users to adjust the size and tweak the appearance of different types of bags, bottles, cartons and more. Version 3 of IC3D Suite now introduces the 3D Shape Modeller. Based on 3D extraction, it is a powerful addition to the IC3D arsenal of creative tools allowing users to quickly and easily create advanced, asymmetrical 3D models using 2D shapes. With the Shape Modeller packaging engineers and designers can now create any type of packaging such as molded containers and more complex models like perfume bottles and trigger sprays in a matter of minutes.

Shrink and undistort
Applying a shrink-wrap foil on single or multiple items was already one of the powerful features in IC3D Suite. Due to its accuracy and unprecedented speed applying complex shrink-wraps can be accomplished in a matter of seconds. This functionality is now even more powerful with the new undistort function, allowing the user to pre-distort the artwork with production precision, ensuring that once the shrink is applied it appears completely undistorted as the engineer and designer intends.

Native PDF artwork
IC3D Suite interacts with Illustrator to apply and edit artwork. This makes it very easy to immediately visualize in 3D the edits made in Illustrator. With IC3D Suite version 3, you can now place PDF artwork directly on the 3D model without having to go through an external application. You can position the artwork and hide specific PDF layers to create the desired result. For production companies receiving or storing a lot of the artwork in PDF, this represents a significant gain in productivity as they can do everything from model creation to artwork placement in the same application.

Complete Suite or Carton Edition
IC3D is available as a complete Suite for all packaging types, or in a dedicated Carton Edition for any type of folding carton product ranging from a simple box to an advanced point-of-sale unit.

Free IC3D Viewer
With this release, Creative Edge Software also introduces a free viewer application. While many regard 3D PDF as the file format of choice to exchange 3D visualizations, it has quite a few drawbacks: limited lighting reflections, no support for transparent objects and more. These limitations can severely impact some of the more advanced visualization and lighting features from IC3D Suite. In order to overcome these limitations, Creative Edge releases this free viewer application for Mac and Windows which allows stakeholders in the packaging creation process to exchange native IC3D files and open them on any computer.

Pricing and availability
Existing users with a valid support and maintenance contract are entitled to a free upgrade. Download a free 14-day trial or update to see IC3D Suite today, and view the Version 3 IC3D Suite feature video here.
ESKO STUDIO (click for detailed information)

3D Packaging software for designers, tradeshops and converters
Why work in a flat world if packaging isn’t? Studio is a unique set of tools for 3D packaging design made specifically for packaging artwork professionals.

Studio will help you produce better artwork. Whether you are a designer trying out different ideas, or a prepress operator checking a back-match, with Studio you are virtually holding the pack in your hands.

Studio is a fast & easy way to turn your ideas into beautiful 3D images, for your own inspiration or to impress an important client.

Studio is available as a software subscription, so you have all the functionality you need, based on your workload, without a big investment.

Create hyper realistic 3D visuals
Studio is also a powerful communication tool. It lets you create exciting 3D visuals to show to your client, ranging from PDF files with 3D content to movies, hero shots or a virtual pack shot. Other 3D tools can be complicated, Studio is fast and easy. Read more about hyper realistic packaging visualization.
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Studio Store Visualizer
Test the visual impact of your latest design in the environment where it all happens: the store. Create a virtual retail environment with Studio Store Visualizer. See your new designs on the shelf next to the competition; present a complete product launch in 3D, including retail-ready packaging, displays and other branded items.
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Perfect shrink sleeve designs
Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves is a unique and award winning application to simulate a heat shrink sleeve around one or more objects. See in Adobe® Illustrator® how your artwork distorts, automatically apply a counter distortion and produce great looking 3D PDF files. Avoid trial-and-error.
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Catch mistakes before they get printed
Check for mistakes before making printing plates, embossing dies or varnish blankets. Avoid rejects by showing your client up-front an accurate virtual mock-up. Use Studio as internal QA tool: Check for panel misalignments, spot structural mistakes in time. Create the perfect back-match. Perform advanced shrink sleeve distortions and save hours of time performing shrink tests.