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GMG Unveils Color Separation Technology

TUEBINGEN, GERMANY | GMG, developer and supplier of color management software solutions, announces a new release of OpenColor multichannel profiling software. Company says the highlight of OpenColor 2.0.6 is the ability to dynamically create and deliver best-quality separation and preview profiles to Adobe Photoshop and PACKZ from HYBRID Software. For existing customers of OpenColor, the latest version reportedly offers a new function to calculate separations in a flexible and convenient way via rules that can be applied to whole spot color libraries for calculating the best matches for the separation.

Said to be easy and quick to use, the system can characterize offset, flexo, and gravure printing processes with ten+ colors of overprinting inks. It does so by applying mathematical models that predict the ink interplay for specific processes and substrates without requiring extensive fingerprint data, and it has the capability to predict process-specific ink overprints.

The company is now taking the next step to open up new possibilities for third-party applications, including:

Adobe Photoshop: With a direct connection to the GMG ColorPlugin integrated in Photoshop, OpenColor 2.0.6 offers a new predictive, on-the-fly profiling for layers and/or selections, from CMYK to any combination of process colors and spot colors. The new OpenColor Preview function in Photoshop is said to provide a color-accurate preview with OpenColor prediction technology, so that all changes are immediately visualized. There's no denying that Adobe Photoshop is a powerful photo editing tool, with loads of built-in features and effects.

PACKZ: PACKZ is a PDF-based prepress tool suite for professional package and label production. OpenColor can connect to PACKZ in order to bring dynamically created GMG profiles to another solution, company says. PACKZ, with OpenColor profiles, can easily re-separate jobs to reduce or optimize number of plates on press (replacing magenta with a spot color or separate spot colors and overprints to a seven-color extended color gamut printing process). These complex re-separation tasks, very difficult in the past, can now be achieved on the fly.

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