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  • Sydney March 10th 2015 - The ColourDoctor - David Crowther of Colour Graphic Services - is offering free detailed wide-format colour health checks at PrintEx/Visual Impact for any printer/ rip/media combination.

    Colour Graphic Services, is a colourmanagement and ISO certification specialist, exhibiting on stand 1404 at PrintEx/Visual Impact, Sydney from May 13-15.

    David Crowther and his UK partner from Mellow Colour, Alan Dresch, will measure and, using Mellow Colour software suite, analyse a special wide-format test forme printed on a device of the visitor’s choice. A report is then produced, with suggested remedies, identifying where any colour issues are by using ISO 12647-2 as the benchmark.

    To take advantage of this, printers must request the specially constructed test forme (pictured) ahead of PrintEx, and print it out to the best of their ability on the device of choice. The printed sheet is then carried along to PrintEx between 13-15 May at Sydney Showgrounds, to stand 1404 where Crowther and Dresch will measure it using the latest ISO 13655 compatible spectrophotometers, with the data then sent into PrintSpec software. Within seconds, the software will produce a full report on any colour management issues present and possible remedies.

    "The PDF test forme file we send in advance is big, around 180 Mb,” says Crowther, "so either high bandwidth or a file sending service such as DropBox or SendStuffNow can be used. It’s a PDF so can easily be put into the workflow and printed out.”

    Crowther recently returned from LotsaPrinting, Cairns where he profiled an HP Latex printer to match ISO 12647-2 colour from a Ryobi offset press. Late in 2014 he also profiled and matched 5 different printers/processes for Sydney’s Sol Print including flatbed UV, Solvent roll-to-roll and Aqueous inkjet.

    A normal visit to a sign and display printer to produce the test forme, measure, report and provide one ICC profile costs $495 in the Sydney metro area, so the free PrintEx service is a really good saving, and arms a printer with some very useful knowledge about their printing output devices.

    To get hold of the free PDF file for the test forme, email: info@colourgraphicservices.com

    And make sure to bring the print-outalong to PrintEx/Visual Impact!