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    Fairfax, Va. - PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in North America, today announces the release of G7+®, the next evolution in colour calibration. G7+ is a new and improved calibration specification that replaces legacy G7® with new logic and algorithms, but similar overall appearance. G7+ training and certification will be available in-person during the COLOR Conference portion of the PRINTING United Technical Event Series this March 12-14 in Dallas, Texas; and soon on the Alliance's iLEARNING+ platform. Learn more about G7+ here: www.printing.org/g7plus.

    New and Improved G7+® Calibration Specification

    After an incredible 19-year run and over three years of R&D by PRINTING United Alliance, G7+ is designed to work equally well with all printing technologies and offers increased value and effectiveness for a wider range of markets and applications, while preserving the value of existing G7 workflows. G7+ maintains the features, benefits, and general appearance of G7, but with more accurate grey balance, improved tonality, and better performance in unusual printing conditions.

    "PRINTING United Alliance is excited to announce G7+ to continue our mission in supporting leading printers and print buyers around the world," says Jordan Gorski, executive director, Idealliance. "G7 has raised the bar in the world of print and colour output as colorimetry and visual output became the norm rather than simply relying on density for matching colour. G7+ now integrates all modern print technology to be a standard that is applicable to all print, on all media, paper, board, film, signage, or textile, for any output condition that will truly provide print buyers and printers the ability to match colour on packaging, publications, signage, and wide format graphics, while maintaining alignment to the standards in place among existing workflows.

    "Much like the Alliance has grown and evolved to provide the industry with a community to gather and collaborate, the G7+ specification now serves all members of our industry for unified optimal colour output regardless of where and how you print."

    G7+ is improved and optimized to:

    • Improve grey balance and tonality across a wider range of print systems, including textile, web-offset, newsprint, and inkjet, while maintaining GRACoL® visual similarity.
    • Achieve smooth, highly saturated colour in high-density inkjet printing.
    • Use Substrate Colorimetric Colour Aims (SCCA) for more precise neutral grey on colour substrates.
    • Attain accurate ICC profiles and lifelike images on calibrated systems without colour management.

    PRINTING United Technical Event Series Presents G7+ Keynote and Training Opportunity

    G7 LogoThose interested in learning more about G7+ in person will have the opportunity during the PRINTING United Technical Event Series this March in Dallas. During the event’s keynote address, "G7+, the World's Best Calibration System, Made Better," R&D team leader Don Hutcheson will highlight the revolutionary changes in calibration and verification algorithms developed by the Alliance. Visual examples will show how G7+ improves on G7, yet how similar it is to G7 in typical commercial work - an important feature that means existing files and workflows need not be changed as users transition to G7+.

    Current G7-certified experts and professionals can become the first group trained and certified to G7+ during a special a pre-conference session at the PRINTING United Technical Event Series. Hutcheson will present the intensive the G7+ Expert certification training. Register for the session at: https://technicalseries.printing.org/.

    More information about G7+ is available at: www.printing.org/g7plus, or email: g7plus@printing.org.

    Join the Alliance

    If you would like to learn more about becoming an Alliance member and take advantage industry-leading programs such as G7+, visit www.printing.org/membership, or call 888-385-3588 to speak with our membership team for more information.

    About PRINTING United Alliance

    PRINTING United Alliance is the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, comprised of the industry’s vast communities. The Alliance serves industry professionals across market segments with preeminent education, training, workshops, events, research, government and legislative representation, safety, and environmental sustainability guidance, as well as resources from our leading media brands – Printing Impressions, Packaging Impressions, Wide-format Impressions, In-plant Impressions, Apparelist, and Print+Promo Marketing. Now a division of PRINTING United Alliance, Idealliance is a global leader in standards training and certification for printing and graphic arts operations across the entire industry supply chain.

    PRINTING United Alliance also produces the PRINTING United Expo, the most influential days in printing.

    The expansive display of technology and supplies, education, programming, and services are showcased to the industry at large, and represents all market segments in one easily accessed place