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About Workflow Integration

Color management used to be all that we did and we did it well. We still do, but in a different way. Today, if colors don’t match, the problem is usually larger than expected. It might be because of inconsistent application settings, or an unsuitable printer, or a workflow that’s tackled from the wrong end. Color is often a symptom and color management a piece of the whole solution.

Over the years, there has been a strong push toward automating tasks to save time and to complete jobs within competitive deadlines and cost. We have developed a strong partnership with Enfocus, the creators of PitStop Pro, Switch, and Connect. They offer solutions at affordable prices and whose versatility is virtually unlimited. Read more about Enfocus here. To find out how far you can go with Switch, read our case study here .

If expertise could be piled up high, we would be standing in front of our own high mountain. Visit our site. You will find information about workflow solutions, color management, RIPs, printing, hardware and software. Our team is ready to answer your questions so please, don’t hesitate to call (831) 421-0131 or email info@rodsandcones.com

How does color management impact your workflow?

You might be in an environment where color is important but there’s no way to predict it. You tweak your monitor, like what you see, print. The print is predictably not like your monitor so you tweak your monitor again until the print looks like what you had to start with. You’ve spent a lot of time doing that and you still don’t have anything you can count on. What you have is one print to show for approval. Reproducing this same print for the next step is a bridge you’ll cross when you get there.

Here’s another scenario: You know you used an image in a catalog a few years ago. But you don’t know exactly when. It takes you a long time to find it and, when you do, the image is already converted to CMYK for a paper and a press that you no longer use.

These are typical workflow issues, productivity busters, frustrating beyond belief… and very expensive. But also easy to fix.

Softproofing

Remote Director is a unique display-based proofing solution that pairs Remote Director Client with a Proof Server.

It’s the brand that sets the parameters for color as the files are added. Profiles, CxF data, various queues, are entered in the server and integrated in the solution. When the file is opened on the Client application, the correct profiles are automatically applied and the user can see a proof as accurately on the monitor as if it had been printed. The monitor, you might think, could be uncalibrated or too old. How can you guarantee that the image is viewed correctly? In order to view the proof, Remote Director requires that the user calibrate his or her monitor with the included calibration module, subjecting it to a pass/fail score.


Pairing Remote Director with JUST Normlicht professional lighting

On press, Remote Director is used to view a sheet against a soft proof. To eliminate discrepancies between the luminance of the screen with the lighting of the booth, Remote Director includes drivers that automatically set the luminance of the viewing lights to match the display. To measure spot color on a running press, Remote Director is now working with LithoFlash. The LithoFlash readings, applied to a clone of the file on screen  allows the client to visualize  variations between the proof and the press.

In addition to all the normal mark up and approval tools, Remote Director provides unique tools for critical color work. Any file can be “cloned” to show two print conditions side by side. For instance, you can assign different spot colors to the channels, or different profiles. You can compare papers, dot gain curves or any combination of these settings. It gives the user the ability to make an informed choice that cannot be made with inkjet proofing.

Remote Director can be used from “Think to Ink” whenever and wherever proofing is required. From the photo shoot to press, or to the Internet. And when a hard copy proof is required, any user (with permission) can print to a profiled device and expect a match between proof and display.

A veteran of softproofing

Remote Director is the standard for softproofing because they have been at it, researching and developing this technology for fifteen years. They evolve to meet the ever changing needs of the industry. For example, the current development allows the proof to be viewed in a 3D environment when ambient light can reflect off varnishes and metallics. Other softproofing products are Kodak Virtual Matchprint, which is no longer supported, and Dalim (providing that you use their Enterprise Solutions workflow.)

Remote Director has an impressive array of clients and users such as Schawk!, Phototype, Associated News, Bauer Publishing, Time Inc., Kelloggs, Campbell, and many others.

Softproofing

Remote Director is a unique display-based proofing solution that pairs Remote Director Client with a Proof Server.

It’s the brand that sets the parameters for color as the files are added. Profiles, CxF data, various queues, are entered in the server and integrated in the solution. When the file is opened on the Client application, the correct profiles are automatically applied and the user can see a proof as accurately on the monitor as if it had been printed. The monitor, you might think, could be uncalibrated or too old. How can you guarantee that the image is viewed correctly? In order to view the proof, Remote Director requires that the user calibrate his or her monitor with the included calibration module, subjecting it to a pass/fail score.

Pairing Remote Director with JUST Normlicht professional lighting

On press, Remote Director is used to view a sheet against a soft proof. To eliminate discrepancies between the luminance of the screen with the lighting of the booth, Remote Director includes drivers that automatically set the luminance of the viewing lights to match the display. To measure spot color on a running press, Remote Director is now working with LithoFlash. The LithoFlash readings, applied to a clone of the file on screen  allows the client to visualize  variations between the proof and the press.

In addition to all the normal mark up and approval tools, Remote Director provides unique tools for critical color work. Any file can be “cloned” to show two print conditions side by side. For instance, you can assign different spot colors to the channels, or different profiles. You can compare papers, dot gain curves or any combination of these settings. It gives the user the ability to make an informed choice that cannot be made with inkjet proofing.

Remote Director can be used from “Think to Ink” whenever and wherever proofing is required. From the photo shoot to press, or to the Internet. And when a hard copy proof is required, any user (with permission) can print to a profiled device and expect a match between proof and display.

A veteran of softproofing

Remote Director is the standard for softproofing because they have been at it, researching and developing this technology for fifteen years. They evolve to meet the ever changing needs of the industry. For example, the current development allows the proof to be viewed in a 3D environment when ambient light can reflect off varnishes and metallics. Other softproofing products are Kodak Virtual Matchprint, which is no longer supported, and Dalim (providing that you use their Enterprise Solutions workflow.)

Remote Director has an impressive array of clients and users such as Schawk!, Phototype, Associated News, Bauer Publishing, Time Inc., Kelloggs, Campbell, and many others.

Rods and Cones, Inc. Experts in workflow integration

Our technicians are experienced and skilled in all aspects of a color managed workflow. We can recommend suitable hardware and software to meet your needs, install customized solutions, and train you to make the best use of it. Rods and Cones experts can advise you on the best RIP for your work, how to manage your media assets, and the merits of different camera backs. Please call us to discuss your specific workflow configuration and needs.

Contact Rods and Cones at (831) 421-0131 or email info@rodsandcones.com