- 1–7c multicolor to CMYK
- 1–7c multicolor to 1–8c multicolor
- 1–7c multicolor to ECG, i.e. CMYK+3c
- Adapt to new media type or paper tint
For the first time, it is possible to remove spot color channels and replace them by CMYK, to significantly reduce production costs. For example, a document delivered in 7c can be "normalized" to CMYK with the ColorConversion feature and then reseparated with ChannelChanger (or with another Multicolor Project to Multicolor profile).
You will also be able to keep the channels and only adapt the document to a new target printing condition, for example, a different media type or paper tint.
Simply calculate a Multicolor Project to Multicolor profile in GMG OpenColor and load it as a custom profile in GMG ColorPlugin. Click OK and the selection or the entire document will be converted automatically.
This feature requires a GMG ColorPlugin Pro or Packaging license and GMG OpenColor.
GMG ColorPlugin 1.3 uses a revised licensing procedure, which requires an update of existing licenses. This update should be handled automatically, without interrupting your work.
Using the new ChannelExtender functionality, you can use DeviceLink GMG OpenColor profiles to separate the whole design from RGB to your custom GMG OpenColor project directly in Adobe Photoshop. GMG OpenColor calculates the required separation profiles in advance and provides them to the plugin on request via a direct connection. (Requires a GMG OpenColor license and version 2.1.4 or higher.)
The example shows an ISO Coated target color space extended by Orange, Green, and Blue inks.
ChannelExtender example data.
On the left, you can see the original RGB image. On the right, the color boosted 7c image.
Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) printing, also referred to as Fixed Color Palette printing, uses a standardized ink set enhancing the color space to reproduce any color used in the design. In the plugin, up to three additional inks can be used. The inks need to be between the CMYK process colors, i. e. Red or Orange, Green, and/or Blue or Violet.
This method allows for a virtually unlimited number of colors in the design and also for nesting print jobs with different color channels, without changing the ink configuration of the printing machine.
Using ECG, design can be more eye-catching, resulting in highly saturated colors. The print result is closer to the original RGB design. As the ink setup is standardized, printers are saving on make-ready and ink costs.
Soft proofing: The new Work Preview functionality allows editing of the original document in RGB while providing a color accurate simulation of the print result. The Work Preview automatically uses the correct GMG OpenColor profile for the Adobe Photoshop Proof Colors functionality.
- Spot color support, i. e. MinDot Adjust and MinDot Preview do now support CMYK + spot colors (any number).
- MinDot Preview does not add an entry to the Adobe Photoshop History anymore, as the preview does not alter the document.
- Set with Curve: Transfers all color values below the defined threshold to the printable tone value range while keeping details in the gradients. To avoid a visible edge and to keep details, a curve is applied to the clipped values and to the color values slightly above the threshold.
FOGRA53 and FOGRA54 characterizations are now available for use with the ColorConversion feature.
FOGRA53 is a CMYK based and media neutral color exchange space that primarily serves color communication throughout the print production, including copy preparation, job assembly, proofing, and process color printing.
FOGRA54 characterizes a web offset heatset printing process using PS6 (super calendered uncoated SC-B) medium.