COLOR CONTROL -- Managing the Variables
"There are benefits to working in RGB. The file sizes are smaller and you can repurpose the data," he continues. "We'll probably make the switch when we have to replace the scanner."
For now, Hookway says the company definitely is seeing a payoff to working with color management, even in a CMYK workflow. "It wasn't easy to get to this point, but we are certainly glad we did it. Every makeready on the press is quicker because of what we've done. The payoffs have come not only in time saved, but also from customers receiving quality proofs and giving quicker okays on-press," he notes.
There's good news for others just now looking to implement color management, Hookway says. "The software and equipment definitely is easier to use today. There are also more expert consultants who can help shops get started," he concludes.
The challenges and goals were a little different for Que-Net Media when it looked to implement color management about three years ago, points out Brian Gaughen, color quality manager. As an arm of Quebecor World, the network of "technology solution centers" provides digital solutions for printing, publishing and the Web. Gaughen is based in the Los Angeles facility, but actually works with 14 Que-Net or Quebecor World facilities.
"We have so many presses, we could never start by fingerprinting the press," the quality manager notes. "What we did was calibrate our Kodak Approvals, which is our main proofing solution. We have a total of 48 Approvals installed across the country and they are all calibrated to each other. The presses are run to the proofs."
In addition, the organization had a need to implement different levels of color management depending on the type of work being done and the skills of the staffs of individual locations, Gaughen says. The one constant is that all of the facilities are scanning in RGB.