GMG has updated its OpenColor multichannel profiling software with the release of v2.06. GMG is starting to open it up to integration with third party programs.
Thus there’s a GMG ColorPlugin that allows a direct connection between OpenColor and Photoshop, which in turn offers a new predictive, on-the-fly profiling for layers and/or selections, from CMYK to any combination of process colors and spot colors. There’s a new OpenColor Preview function in Photoshop that gives a color-accurate preview and makes it easier to create separations.
GMG has also created a connection between OpenColor and Hybrid Software’s Packz, which is a PDF-based set of prepress tools for packaging production. This integration uses the OpenColor profiles so that Packz can be used to easily re-separate jobs to reduce or optimize number of plates on press, for example, by replacing magenta with a spot color or separate spot colors and overprints to a 7 colour extended colour gamut printing process.
It also includes a new function to calculate separations in a very flexible and convenient way via rules that can be applied to whole spot color libraries for calculating the best matches for the separation.
OpenColor creates multi-channel profiles by applying mathematical models that predict the ink interplay for specific processes and substrates without requiring extensive fingerprint data.