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The graphics chain does not start with the design software but with the design in the mind of the creative.
Unfortunately, often the illustrations are done without really considering what the printed result will be.
Are you having difficulty matching the colors displayed on your screen with your printing device?

Yes, but how could the designer anticipate the colors actually obtained?

The solution could come from the service provider in charge of printing, who could provide designers, conversion profiles or color tables that would help them in the selection of colors to use. it is worth putting very saturated colors in your drawing if the support provided is a matte material with a white newspaper.

At Coraye, we have solutions
1) Creation of digital color charts

Coraye allows you to generate customizable swatches that can be created from measurements of samples of material or by adapting the colors of a standard swatch to transform them into "printable" colors made from a media profile.

Example below that compares a profile made in sublimation printing from an Epson SC-F6200 sublimation printer on polyester fabric with the PANTONE textile color chart.
Look at the colors (dots) around the outside of the media profile. Each of these colors would not have printed correctly because they are OUTSIDE the available gamut.
Then look at the "After conversion" graph and you will see how many colors we have moved into the gamut.

Before conversion
After conversion

2) Deployment of color charts

Then Coraye will allow you to convert your color charts in order to deploy them on: - The software used during the design, such as the software from the Adobe or Coreldraw suite for example.
- The Workflows and the main RIPs on the market for printing.

With a simple right click, it is possible to convert your color charts to make them compatible with the main market RIPs and design software.

Swatchbook export

This will guarantee you consistent colors between the original creation and the final print and most importantly, it will allow you to use the same color tables from creation to printing.

The “Color Tables” module imports and exports libraries in the most used formats, allows their modification, their conversion via a profile, as well as the creation of a library from scratch. Even the use of spectral values, is managed. Either by capturing a color with the “Color Capture” module or by importing the spectral files from any spectrophotometer.

Less surprises = more profit!

3) Creation of customizable printed swatches

Because paper swatches are still very useful, Coraye allows you to generate swatches in pdf format, which you can then print if you have a RIP capable of handling spot colors.
An index is automatically added to identify the page containing the color. In addition, "CutContour" cutting contours are also present in the pdf for those who are also equipped with a plotter or a cutting table.

Swatchbook Coraye

4) Characterization of your printers or presses

Of course, to convert the colors of your "standard" color chart, you need to characterize your printer or your press. This characterization profile will also allow you to simulate the colors of your documents on the screen.

Coraye also offers you a module to create ICC profiles This module allows you to:
- Check and select the most representative ranges
- Average the measurements of the printed ranges
- Calculate the icc profile from the measurements which have been averaged
- To use the profile thus produced to adapt your color tables.

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