Extended Color Gamut (ECG) inks are rapidly gaining popularity in the large format and packaging worlds, particularly when specifying corporate identity or spot colors beyond the CMYK color gamut. When brands want images to stand out, they use this extended gamut capability in images. Doing so requires someone to make a manual mask for each of the ECG inks being used.
Until now, achieving the desired intent of Extended Color Gamut required a skilled prepress operator or graphic designer to use trial and error. Adding ECG ink sets into images requires creating a separate mask for each ECG ink being used. Touch7 Photo ECG is a new Photoshop plugin that enables the designer or prepress operator to add one, two, or three ECG separations into an image in only a few seconds. Touch7 Photo ECG eliminates the need to create manual masks, thus any designer using Photoshop CC can do this kind of work.
In addition, Touch7 Photo ECG does not require ICC profiles to create the ECG separations, enabling designers to create, at the design stage, five-, six-, or seven-color separations and then send the file to prepress for production, where ICC color management is used to map the image to the ink set of the printer or press.
Designers unable to visit the Color-Logic booth at Printing United can install and test Touch7 Photo ECG for themselves by downloading the tool at www.touch7.co.
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~ HP Indigo Offerings Make Impressive use of Color-Logic Effects ~
West Chester, Ohio, USA; September 2018--HP Indigo and Color-Logic will join forces at PRINT 18 in Chicago to demonstrate how HP Indigo white ink, expanded color gamut inks, and fluorescent inks let graphic designers offer brands and product managers an unlimited array of special decorative effects and colors. Discussing the collaboration, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "The latest HP Indigo product enhancements-to be shown at PRINT 18 in Chicago-enable graphic designers using the Color-Logic Process Metallic System to differentiate their products in all forms of print media."
Richard Ainge-Color-Logic Chief Technology Officer and the developer of Touch7-commenting on the PRINT 18 offerings, said: "Time-to-market is critical today and embellishments require longer at the design and concept stage than ever before. At Color-Logic, we have worked with HP Indigo DFE developers to ensure that Color-Logic files are processed precisely and as intended by the graphic designer. Designers utilizing the Color-Logic and Touch7 systems at our licensed printers can choose metallic colors from a swatch book and rest assured the press will produce their files exactly. Our design tools for Adobe CC and CS enable designers to create dramatic decorative effects in just seconds, while eliminating the guesswork and trial-and-error typical of metallic file preparation."
Color-Logic will exhibit in booth 4133. HP Indigo will exhibit in booth 2411. Amazing Color-Logic and Touch7 samples will be available in both booths.
Color-Logic™ develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media. For more information, call +1-513-258-0047.
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Touch7™ is powered by Khaos Technology™, a developer of Adobe plug-ins and software tools for the printing industry. For more information, visit www.touch7.co or call +1-513-258-0047.
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Extended Colour Gamut Printing
The developments by ink companies, print engines, RIP manufacturers and ICC profiling tools has been extensive over the past years, however, no one has really focused on the necessity for providing creative tools for designers, so that they can utilize these developments and reduce their cycle time to production. Touch7 was developed as an intuitive system that would help brands utilize ECG printing at a fraction of the time and cost associated with doing manual processing, and without the necessity to send your files through a dedicated colour separation system, therefore opening up ECG printing to even the smallest print shop. The true power of Touch7 lies in it’s automated ECG colour palettes and plug-ins for Adobe CC, ensuring that designers can create artworks in an extended colour gamut, without ever having to leave the familiar creative environment.
Touch7 Photo is a Photoshop plug-in that uses proprietary separation technology to automatically extract out ECG colors from your images, and all at the touch of a button!
Automatic ECG separation – Extract out only ECG gamut areas from an image.
No more masking – Unless you want to! Skin tones and colors that are easily achievable out of CMYK, are not effected by ECG inks.
Save hours on image processing times compared to a manual masking with simple "One Click" buttons, convert your photographic images in seconds.
Excellent ROI – The time saving on image masking alone, will pay for itself within a few images!
INTRODUCTORY PRICING: $650 per seat
Touch7 is licensed on an annual subscription basis. Single Seat Installs.
Try before you buy!
Downloaded the Touch7 Photo Plug-in from www.touch7.co/demo, to begin your FREE 7 day trial. You will also have access to several files that have already been processed with and without Touch7 Photo, for a quick evaluation of what you could be doing off your press or printer.
We would also like to point out that we have seen excellent results off many of the digital presses and printers that only have CMYK inks or toners – Creating extended color gamut images, but printed using only CMYK! To find out more, visit www.touch7.co/workflow
For more information, visit www.color-logic.com or call +1-513-258-0047.
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