GMG extends OpenColor to third party programs

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.

OpenColor creates multi-channel profiles by applying mathematical models that predict the ink interplay for specific processes and substrates without requiring extensive fingerprint data.

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.

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