by Tim Donhou
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It most certainly is. Using appropriate technology to deliver the high standards we set ourselves has always been important at Accent. Going all the way back to the Chromalin proofs that we used to have made from film separations back in the day, ensuring that clients have a reliable colour proof before going to print has always been paramount. Our previous Epson proofer did us proud, giving us eight years of consistent proofing, but this year saw the time come for an update. Replacing the printer gave us the opportunity to purchase the latest Epson A2 proofer and also research the latest RIP software technology, discovering that we could install a setup which certifies proofs to an ISO industry standard.
The new proofing setup allows us to run artwork through the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 RIP software, printing a control strip alongside the proof. This strip is scanned with a spectrophotometer, measuring the values of the colours printed against the ISO Coated Fogra39 colour standard. The values it returns are set against tolerances to give the individual proof a pass or fail. If the proof is not within tolerance we have control over adjusting the colour gamut and re-running the proof. The pass result is printed on a label and attached to the proof, showing details of the measurements and the ISO Coated Fogra39 Standard that the proof is accurately representing.
Providing accurate representations of CMYK and spot colours on proofs reinforces our commitment to accuracy and print quality. These proofs provide you with confidence that the proof is accurate to an approved industry colour standard. Seeing work through from screen to final proof is important to us and we want to give our clients confidence in the artwork being signed off and approved before going to press.
Having designed, produced and managed Accent jobs since 2004 Tim is a highly accomplished project manager across print & web which has enabled the team to create awesome work.