CTP--New Tools, Old Theories
For the do-it-yourselfer, there are two options. The "thrifty" do-it-yourselfer can simply buy the check lists, books and registry documentation, and prepare for the audit themselves. The estimated price for this option, with audit, is between $1,000 and $2,500.
The "thorough" do-it-yourselfer will need to buy the described materials, as well as attend two workshops: one on color management and another on training and testing in quality control and documentation procedures—procedures that are essential to ensure consistency in the process and that will prepare the company for the registry certification process. The estimated price for this option is between $3,000 and $5,000.
The time it will take to get up and running with the do-it-yourself options will be determined by the company's experience with traditional quality control procedures and expertise with color management hardware and software. However, a company committed to the project should be able to implement either of the do-it-yourself options in three to six months.
Fast Track Implementation
For those on a fast track, an expert can implement the entire process including quality control procedures, documentation strategies and creation of ColorSync (ICC) profiles. This registry consultant option is performed by a GATF or GATF-accredited consultant. This option, which prepares the company for the registry process, costs around $10,000 and requires three to six weeks.
Optional GATF Audit
The GATF/Apple ColorSync Registry program also includes an option for a one-day audit by a GATF-accredited consultant, who will verify that proper procedures have been implemented. Companies passing the audit will receive a registry certificate and, more importantly, a competitive advantage in being able to effectively work with color-managed customer files.
A list of printers that earn the GATF/Apple ColorSync Registry certificate is posted on GATF's Website (www.gatf.org) and linked to Apple's Website (www.apple.-com/colorsync).
Achieving accreditation demonstrates proficiency in the "four Cs" of color management: consistency, calibration, characterization and conversion. To become eligible, companies must invest in the proper software, instruments and training.