How to print the eXpected Workshops

Sign up for our interactive two-day workshop for Digital and Offset.

Don’t miss hands-on training for digital and offset printing!

This course is offered in English, German, and local languages. 

 

Our How to print the eXpected courses are designed as either one-day or two-day workshops. Attendees will gain a full understanding of the standardization approach for different printing processes, as well as an understanding of linked industries like ink and paper manufacturing. As a well-balanced program of both theory and practical exercises, you will be able to fully utilize the gained knowledge to implement positive changes within your workflow.

Please Note: This class is not based on a certain type of software, hardware, or printing press. Join us, regardless of your current color tools.

Knowledgeable Instructors

 Our team industry-leading color experts have accumulated years of hands-on practical experience and expertise in their respective fields.

After the Seminar

After you’ve attended a seminar, you are encouraged to continue contacting us through your My X-Rite account for additional information or answers to technical questions. Our team will promptly respond to all requests.

Agenda:

  • Day 1 - Develop a solid understanding of the "Fundamentals of Color" and "Standardization concepts".
  • Day 2 - Put your new knowledge into action in our Hands-on workshop.

Cancellation Policy: 14 days prior to event date 50% refund, less than 14 days no refund will be given.

Free Bonus Materials

  • PANTONE® Lighting Indicator Stickers D50
  • Each participant will receive a set of the PANTONE® D50 Lighting Indicator Stickers. This simple tool allows you to tell at a glance whether your ambient lighting conditions are giving you an accurate visual read of your color, making it easy to determine if your viewing conditions are right for accurate color evaluation, specification and matching.

  • Free Munsell Interactive Learning Kit
  • All attendees will receive the Munsell Interactive Learning Kit free of charge. The Munsell Interactive Learning Kit includes several worksheets, samples, and exercises to help color quality professionals learn about the complexities of color and how it is represented, evaluated, and controlled.

  • Exclusive Fundamentals of Color and Appearance Book
  • Attendees will also receive X-Rite’s exclusive Fundamentals of Color and Appearance book. This industry acknowledged publication provides a logical and practical approach to solving color and appearance issues related to industrial applications.

Switzerland

  • Two-Day Workshop: € 845 

Hungary

  • Two-Day Workshop: € 600

Turkey

  • Two-Day Workshop: € 600

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Brand Owners

Who Should Attend?

  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing VP/Director
  • VP/Director of Packaging
  • VP/Director of Manufacturing
  • VP/Director of Procurement
  • Creative Director
  • VP/Director/Manager of Supply Chain
  • VP/Director of Innovation
  • Heads of Packaging
  • Project/Traffic Managers for Packaging
  • Sustainability Officer

Why Attend?

After attending this seminar, you will walk away with a general understanding of color workflow, quality control and assurance techniques, effective handling of color data, and you’ll learn to follow the principle “measure what you see”.

The one-day workshop will be split into dedicated topics, which will cover all the important stages of a general printing workflow. During the training we will focus mainly on the color-processing stream from the product indication to a final product (package print). We will concentrate on how color should be communicated between Brand Owners, designers and production, which is the critical points in getting predictable and repeatable results independently from the printing process (offset, flexo, gravure or digital).

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to easily put in practice the acquired theoretical knowledge to avoid any misleading communications inside the supply chain, helping to communicate clear expectations, meet your needs, reduce costs and improve the quality of your final product.

 

 

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Flexo

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Providers
  • Consultants
  • Print Buyers
  • Converters
  • Brand Owners
  • Pre and Press Operators

Why Attend?

The workshop will be split into dedicated topics, which will cover all the important stages of a regular conventional flexo print workflow. During the training we will point out and review all the major components of an Flexo workflow so that participants understand and can apply them to achieve consistent and predictable results in their workplace. 

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to put in practice the acquired knowledge and skills and will help to clear any questions so they can successfully implement the learned concepts into their workflow.
 

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Large Format Printing

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Providers for Large Format Digital Systems
  • Operators
  • Print Buyers

Why Attend?

The workshop will be split into dedicated topics, which will cover all the important stages of a regular Digital Print workflow.  During the training we will point out and review all the major components of an LFP Workflow so that participants understand and can apply them, to achieve consistent and predictable results in their workplace. 

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to put in practice the acquired knowledge and skills and will help to clear any questions so they can successfully implement the learned concepts into their workflow.

 

 

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Offset

Who Should Attend?

  • Service providers for Small and Large Format Printing Process
  • Print Buyers
  • Converters
  • Prepress and Press Operators

Why Attend?

After attending this two-day interactive, intensive hands-on workshop, you will have a solid overview of a conventional offset printing workflow. The content is split into dedicated topics in order to cover important stages and methods of standardization such as PSO (Process Standard Offset) and Pantone Certified Printer, color management and assurance of production workflows.

During the training we will point out and review all the major components of an Offset Workflow so that participants understand then and can apply them in order to achieve consistent and predictable results in their workplace. 

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to put in practice the acquired knowledge and skills and will help to clear any questions to make sure the can successfully implement the learned concepts into their workflow.

 

 

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Packaging

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Providers for Small and Large Format Digital Printing
  • Print Buyers
  • Converters
  • Brand Owners

Why Attend?

This two-day interactive workshop is designed primarily for decision makers, converters and anyone who wants to extend knowledge in Standardization, Certification programs like PSO, PSD, Pantone Certified Printer and G7. 

During the training we will guide you through some important ISO standards used for packaging production. Our practical exercises will give you a broad scope of quality assurance techniques to reach higher quality level of your production.

The workshop will be split into dedicated topics, which will cover all the important stages of a packaging print workflow. During the training we will point out and review all the major components of an print packaging workflow so that participants understand and can apply them, to achieve consistent and predictable results in their workplace. 

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to put in practice the acquired knowledge and skills and will help to clear any questions so they can successfully implement the learned concepts into their workflow.
 

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Small Digital

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Providers for Small Format Digital Presses
  • Operators of Pre and Pressroom
  • Print Buyers
  • Converters
  • Brand Owners

Why Attend?

After attending this two-day intensive hands-on workshop based on modern printing platforms, you will walk away with a practical experience of  handling digital printing workflows , implementation of ICC color management system, quality control processes and assurance techniques, and digital handling of color data and standardization processes such as PSD (Process Standard Digital).

The workshop will be split into dedicated topics, which will cover all the important stages of a Small Digital Print workflow. During the training we will point out and review all the major components of a Small Digital Workflow so that participants understand and can apply them, to achieve consistent and predictable results in their workplace.

The hands-on exercises will allow participants to put in practice the acquired knowledge and skills and will help to clear any questions so they can successfully implement the learned concepts into their workflow.
 

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Brand Owners

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • Visual and instrumental color assessment
  • Concept of color perception – an optical illusion
  • Lighting, object and observer
  • Spectral curves, what is it?
    • Color description
    • Metamerism
  • Measuring geometry
    • Linear 0/45º
    • Sphere
    • Multi-angle – if necessary to work with optical effects
  • Color exchange – specifications
    • Different physical standards (samples)
    • Optical density – is not a color definition
    • L*a*b* & L*C*hº
    • RGB, CMYK, CMYK+
    • Color of a substrate
    • Pantone library
      • CMYK vs. Spot colors
    • Usage of PantoneLIVE - master and depended standards 

Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • Limitation in density-based controlling process
  • Restrictions of physical standards - visually lighter and darker standards
  • Spectral color definition – dE
    • dE 76, CMC & 2000

International Printing Standards - ISO 12647-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and SOP (Standard Operational Procedures)

  • Different tolerances for different printing processes
  • Variation tolerances
  • Difference in substrates
    • Corrugated carton
    • Coated and label papers
    • Films
    • Etc.
  • Secondary and third illumination for visual check  

Designer’s Point of View

  • Number of spot colors
  • Cost
  • Restrictions in printing processes
  • CMYK+
  • Benefits of reducing spot colors
  • Shortcoming
  • Higher metamerism
  • Higher TVI
  • Trapping 
  • Difficulties with ICC building 
  • Ink characteristics  

Digital Proofing Process

  • ICC Color Management 
  • Calibration and characterization of monitors and digital proofing systems
  • CMYK and Spot color verification of digital proffers
  • Drawdowns from Ink Kitchen – as references Color Discrepancy, why and what to do?

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Handling of Brand (spot) colors 
  • PantoneLIVE master and depended standards
  • Color data exchange between departments  

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO standardization process - graphic arts industries and standardization
  • Conventional printing – Process Standard Offset (PSO) and G7
  • Digital printing – Process Standard Digital (PSD)
  • Pantone Certified Printer Program (PCPP)

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Flexo

Day 1

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • The Trinity of Color
  • The color models – additive, subtractive and mixed
  • Measure as we see
  • Capturing the observer situation: CIE Illuminants and Standard Observers
  • Color spaces: CIEXYZ, CIELAB and CIELCH systems

Measurement in the Graphic Technology

  • Instrument types and characteristics
  • Spectral vs. Colorimetry vs. Densitometry
  • Color measurement
  • Density measurement and related functions
  • OBA (Optical Brightener Agents) explained – their significance and impact on measurement
  • Appearance: gloss/matte, coated/uncoated, opaque/transparent
  • Standard measurement conditions: ISO 13655 - M0, M1, M2 and M3 explained
  • Backing: white, black and substrate (self)
  • Drift detection, instrument calibration and certification
  • XRGA and legacy measurement standards

Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • The right illumination
  • Standard viewing conditions: ISO 3664 P1 and P2 explained
  • The metamerism effect
  • Color difference evaluation: dE*ab, dE*00
  • Other differences: dCh, dH*ab

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Brand (spot) color handling
  • PantoneLIVE master and depended standards
  • Measurement file types: xml and text
  • Moving measurements between applications

Color Management

  • ICC standard and its components
  • Rendering intents and their usage
  • Device link profile and transformation
  • Workflow application setup and the consistency of color management settings

Data preparation

  • PDF/X – digital data exchange using PDF, ISO 15930‐X explained
  • Specifications: PDF-X Ready and Ghent Working Group
  • PDF/X preflight profiles: creation and inspection of print ready files
  • PDF/X output: APPE vs. PS RIP’s, how to test your workflow capability


Day 2

Printing Condition Concept

  • Primary process parameters
  • Process control aims
  • Characterization data and exchange spaces

Process Control

  • Conventional printing technologies
  • Small and large format digital printing technologies
  • Intended reference target (simulation)
  • Printing combination identification and its parameters ISO12647‐1
  • Printing substrate classification – ISO 12647-6
  • Adjustment: ink conformity and aim – ISO 12647-6
  • Adjustment: tone value increase – TVI, TVI curve, current & aim –ISO 12647-6
  • Factors influencing print characteristics, anilox volume and printing speed
  • Economic aspects: ink limits and ink consumption relation
  • Color charts – definition and layout, standard and custom charts
  • Measurement: device, sampling, data quality and averaging
  • Profiling parameters, separation explained
  • ICC profile version, chromatic adaptation, size
  • Color profile quality and optimization
  • Practical tips: specific print conditions press fingerprint – evaluation & correction.

Quality Assurance

  • Evaluation of printed products, control elements, job ticket, media wedge
  • OK-sheet, deviation and variation in print runs
  • Color accuracy, side‐by-side and media relative approaches
  • Use cases: contract proofing, validation print, digital print production
  • Image comparison and appraisal
  • Viewing booth and the environment
  • Soft proofing in practice

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO Standardization process
  • Graphic arts industries and standardization
  • Pantone Certified Printer Program (PCPP)

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Large Format Printing

Day 1

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • The Trinity of Color
  • The color models – additive, subtractive and mixed
  • Measure as we see
  • Capturing the observer situation: CIE Illuminants and Standard Observers
  • Color Spaces: CIEXYZ, CIELAB and CIELCH systems

Measurement in the Graphic Technology

  • Instrument types and characteristics
  • Spectral vs. Colorimetry vs. Densitometry
  • Color measurement
  • Density measurement and related functions
  • OBA (Optical Brightener Agents) explained – their significance and impact on measurement
  • Appearance: gloss/matte, coated/uncoated, opaque/transparent
  • Standard measurement conditions: ISO 13655 - M0, M1, M2 and M3 explained
  • Backing: white, black, and substrate (self)
  • Drift detection, instrument calibration and certification
  • XRGA and legacy measurement standards

Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • The right illumination
  • Standard viewing conditions: ISO 3664 P1 and P2 explained
  • The metamerism effect
  • Color difference evaluation: dE*ab, dE*00
  • Other differences: dCh, dH*ab

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Brand (spot) color handling
  • PantoneLIVE master and dependent standards
  • Measurement file types: xml and text
  • Moving measurements between applications

Color Management

  • ICC standard and its components
  • Rendering intents and their usage
  • Device link profile and transformation 
  • Workflow application setup and the consistency of color management settings

Data Preparation

  • PDF/X – digital data exchange using PDF, ISO 15930-X explained
  • Specifications: PDF-X Ready and Ghent Working Group
  • PDF/X preflight profiles: creation and inspection of print ready files
  • PDF/X output: APPE vs. PS RIP’s, how to test your workflow capability

 

Day 2

Printing Conditions 

  • Primary process parameters
  • Process control aims
  • Characterization data and exchange spaces

Process Control

  • Conventional printing technologies
  • Small and large format digital printing technologies
  • Intended reference target (simulation)
  • Printing combination identification and its parameters ISO12647-1
  • White and black point
  • Media set: calibration and characterization
  • Adjustments: transitions for light/dark inks, ink limits (per channel and total)
  • Calibration: “linearization”
  • Economic aspects: ink limits and ink consumption relation
  • Color charts – definition and layout, standard and custom charts
  • Measurement: device, sampling, data quality and averaging
  • Profiling parameters, separation explained
  • ICC profile version, chromatic adaptation, size
  • Color profile quality and optimization
  • Practical tips: reflective, backlit, textured, non-continuous substrates

Quality Assurance

  • Evaluation of printed products, control elements, job ticket, media wedge
  • OK-sheet, deviation and variation in print runs
  • Color accuracy, side-by-side and media relative approaches
  • Use cases: contract proofing, validation print, digital print production
  • Image comparison and appraisal
  • Viewing booth and the environment
  • Soft proofing in practice

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO Standardization process
  • Graphic arts industries and standardization 
  • Digital Printing – Process Standard Digital (PSD)

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Offset

Day 1

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • The Trinity of Color
  • The color models – additive, subtractive and mixed
  • Measure as we see
  • Capturing the Observer situation: CIE Illuminants and Standard Observers
  • Color spaces: CIEXYZ, CIELAB and CIELCH systems

Measurement in the Graphic Technology

  • Instrument types and characteristics
  • Spectral vs. Colorimetry vs. Densitometry
  • Color measurement
  • Density measurement and related functions
  • OBA (Optical Brightener Agents) explained – their significance and impact on measurement
  • Appearance: gloss/matte, coated/uncoated, opaque/transparent
  • Standard measurement conditions: ISO 13655 - M0, M1, M2 and M3 explained
  • Backing: white, black, and substrate (self)
  • Drift detection, instrument calibration and certification
  • XRGA and legacy measurement standards

Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • The right illumination
  • Standard viewing conditions: ISO 3664 P1 and P2 explained
  • The metamerism effect
  • Color difference evaluation: dE*ab, dE*00
  • Other differences: dCh, dH*ab

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Brand (spot) color handling
  • PantoneLIVE master and depended standards
  • Measurement file types: xml and text
  • Moving measurements between applications

Color Management

  • ICC standard and its components
  • Rendering intents and their usage
  • Device link profile and transformation
  • Workflow application setup and the consistency of color management settings

Data Preparation

  • PDF/X – digital data exchange using PDF, ISO 15930X explained
  • Specifications: PDF-X Ready and Ghent Working Group
  • PDF/X preflight profiles: creation and inspection of print ready files
  • PDF/X output: APPE vs. PS RIP’s, how to test your workflow capability

 

Day 2

Printing Condition

  • Primary process parameters
  • Process control aims
  • Characterization data and exchange spaces

Process Control

  • Conventional printing technologies
  • Intended reference target (simulation)
  • Printing combination identification and its parameters ISO 12647‐1
  • Printing substrate classification - ISO12647-2
  • Adjustments: ink conformity an aim – ISO 12647-2
  • Factors influencing print characteristics
  • Economic aspects: ink limits and ink consumption relation
  • Color charts – definition and layout, standard and custom charts
  • Measurement: device, sampling, data quality and averaging
  • Profiling parameters, separation explained
  • ICC profile version, chromatic adaptation, size
  • Color profile quality and optimization
  • Practical tips: specific print condition press fingerprint – evaluation & correlation

Quality Assurance

  • Evaluation of printed products, control elements, job ticket, media wedge
  • OK-sheet, deviation and variation in print runs
  • Color accuracy, side‐by-side and media relative approaches
  • Use cases: contract proofing, validation print production
  • Image comparison and appraisal
  • Viewing booth and the environment
  • Soft proofing in practice

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO Standardization process
  • Graphic arts industries and standardization
  • Conventional Printing – Process Standard Offset (PSO) and G7
  • Pantone Certified Printer Program (PCPP)

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Packaging

Day 1

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • The Trinity of Color
  • The color models – additive, subtractive, and mixed
  • Measure as we see
  • Capturing the observer situation: CIE Illuminants and Standard Observers
  • Color Spaces: CIEXYZ, CIELAB and CIELCH systems

Measurement in the Graphic Technology

  • Instrument types and characteristics
  • Spectral vs. Colorimetry vs. Densitometry
  • Color measurement
  • Density measurement and related functions
  • OBA (Optical Brightener Agents) explained – their significance and impact on measurement
  • Appearance: gloss/matte, coated/uncoated, opaque/transparent
  • Standard measurement conditions: ISO 13655 - M0, M1, M2 and M3 explained
  • Backing: white, black and substrate (self)
  • Drift detection, instrument calibration and certification
  • XRGA and legacy measurement standards

 Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • The right illumination
  • Standard viewing conditions: ISO 3664 P1 and P2 explained
  • The metamerism effect
  • Color difference evaluation: dE*ab, dE*00
  • Other differences: dCh, dH*ab

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Brand (spot) color handling
  • PantoneLIVE master and depended standards
  • Measurement file types: xml and text
  • Color data exchange between applications

Color Management

  • ICC standard and its components
  • Rendering intents and their usage
  • Device link profile and transformation
  • Workflow application setup and the consistency of color management settings

Data Preparation

  • PDF/X – digital data exchange using PDF, ISO 15930‐X explained
  • Specifications: PDF-X Ready and Ghent Working Group
  • PDF/X preflight profiles: creation and inspection of print ready files
  • PDF/X output: APPE vs. PS RIP’s, how to test your workflow capability

 

Day 2

Printing Condition Concept

  • Primary process parameters
  • Process control aims
  • Characterization data and exchange spaces

Process Control

  • Conventional printing technologies
  • Small and large format digital printing technologies
  • Intended reference target (simulation)
  • Printing combination identification and its parameters ISO12647‐1
  • Process and spot color references and their equivalent inks
  • Adjustment: ink conformity and aim – ISO 2846-X and ISO 12647-X
  • Ink Laboratory, components and functionality to get spot-on inks
  • Adjustment: tone value increase – TVI, TVI curve, current & aim –ISO 12647-X, spot color inks TVI
  • Other specifications – ISO 12647-X
  • Factors influencing print characteristics in relation to specific print production workflows
  • Economic aspects: ink limits and ink consumption relation
  • Color charts – definition and layout, standard and custom charts
  • Measurement: device, sampling, data quality and averaging
  • Profiling parameters, separation explained
  • ICC profile version, chromatic adaptation, size
  • Color profile quality and optimization
  • Practical tips: specific print conditions press fingerprint – evaluation & correction.

Quality Assurance

  • Evaluation of printed products, control elements, job ticket, media wedge
  • OK-sheet, deviation and variation in print runs
  • Color accuracy, side‐by-side and media relative approaches
  • Use cases: contract proofing, validation print, digital print production
  • Image comparison and appraisal
  • Viewing booth and the environment
  • Soft proofing in practice

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO standardization process
  • Graphic arts industries and standardization
  • Conventional Printing – Process Standard Offset (PSO) and G7
  • Digital Printing – Process Standard Digital (PSD)
  • Pantone Certified Printer Program (PCPP)

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Small Digital

Day 1

Fundamentals of Color Review

  • The Trinity of Color
  • Color models
  • Measure as we see
  • Capturing the observer situation: CIE Illuminants and Standard Observers
  • Color spaces: CIEXYZ, CIELAB and CIELCH systems

Measurement in Graphic Technology

  • Instruments types and characteristics
  • Spectral vs. Colorimetry vs. Densitometry
  • Color measurement
  • Density measurement and related functions
  • OBA explained – their significance and impact on a measurement
  • Appearance: gloss/matte, coated/uncoated, opaque/transparent
  • Standard measuring conditions: ISO 13655 M0, M1, M2 and M3 explained
  • Backing: white, black and substrate (self)
  • Drift detection, instrument calibration and certification
  • XRGA and legacy measurement standard

Color Comparison and Appraisal

  • The right illumination
  • Standard viewing conditions: ISO 3664 P1 and P2 explained
  • Color metamerism and inconstancy
  • Color difference evaluation: dE*ab, dE*00
  • Other differences: dCh, dH*ab

Color Communication and Measurement Exchange

  • CxF and CxF/X
  • Brand (spot) color handling
  • PantoneLIVE master and depended standards
  • Measurement file types: xml and text
  • Moving measurements between applications

Color Management

  • ICC standard and its components
  • Rendering intents and their usage
  • Device link profile and transformation
  • Workflow application setup and the consistency of color management settings

Data Preparation

  • PDF/X – digital data exchange using PDF, ISO 15930-X explained
  • Specifications: PDF-X Ready and Ghent Working Group
  • PDF/X preflight profiles: creation and inspection of print ready files
  • PDF/X output: APPE vs PS RIP’s, how to test your workflow capability


Day 2

Printing Condition Concept

  • Primary process parameters
  • Process control aims
  • Characterization data and exchange spaces

Process Control

  • Conventional printing technologies
  • Small and large format digital printing technologies
  • Intended reference target (simulation)
  • Printing combination identification and its parameters ISO 12647-1
  • Media set: calibration and characterization
  • System adjustments and calibration
  • Color charts – definition and layout, standard and custom charts
  • Measurement:  device, sampling, data quality and averaging
  • Profiling parameters, separation explained
  • ICC profile version, chromatic adaptation, size
  • Color profile quality and optimization

Quality Assurance

  • Evaluation of printed products, control elements, job ticket, media wedge
  • OK-sheet, deviation and variation in print runs
  • Color accuracy, side-by-side and media relative approaches
  • Use cases: contract proofing, validation print, digital print production
  • Image comparison and appraisal
  • Viewing booth and the environment
  • Soft proofing in practice

Standardization in Brief

  • ISO standardization process
  • Graphic arts industries and standardization
  • Conventional printing – Process Standard Offset and G7
  • Digital printing – Process Standard Digital

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