Color Management--Degrees of Separation
Built around the latest industry standards and the concept of device-independent color processing, Harlequin Color Production Solutions (HCPS) is targeting to solve real-world color reproduction problems—chiefly with the launch of its ICC profile processor, which accepts ICC profiles from a wide variety of sources.
With HCPS, color process control resulting in accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction can be managed automatically and without the use of expensive, proprietary systems. ScriptWorks OEMs can select from two optional HCPS modules: Harlequin Full Color System (HFCS) or Harlequin ICC Profile Processor (HIPP).
HCPS provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles, including device link profiles and workflows, while avoiding dependence on the generic, base-level color management capabilities implemented in various computer operating systems.
Both HCPS optional modules can process files containing embedded ICC profiles and can reprocess files that have been color processed in a front-end application. HCPS allows device independence early in the process and device dependence later in the workflow when it is more appropriate. It also means maximum flexibility in handling last-minute changes and corrections. In-RIP color management gives ScriptWorks users the flexibility to respond to the ever-changing demands and last-minute changes required of them in color production workflows.
Harlequin has continued to enhance and evolve its Harlequin Color Production Solutions since the introduction of HFCS in May 1995. As its name implies, HFCS offers an extensive set of color process control features in the HCPS suite, including fully configurable, in-RIP color calibration capabilities based on the device, image and color reproduction process used. HFCS allows users to custom define rendering intent for file contents on an object basis—text, logos, photographs—and also provides adjustments to accommodate ultimate viewing conditions, a selection of black generation strategies and varying paper backgrounds. HFCS can use Harlequin format device profiles, created using the HFCS color management tools, as well as ICC profiles and device links.