Web Special: Printing with an extended fixed ink set
This web special is about expanded gamut printing and answers the questions of what this is all about and how you can make full use of the great possibilities and benefits!
The approach of multicolor or expanded gamut printing in general is, that one, two or more extra inks are added to the standard ink palette with its process colors Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and K (Key/Black).
Currently, the most commonly used inks are orange, green, and violet. The reason is, these colors help to extend the gamut of many printing devices to the most optimal size, and this particular color space expansion easily covers the majority of industry printing targets required. Ultimately, it depends on the aim, the print jobs, and the colors they contain to decide which additional inks are best suited.
The following graphic visualizes the basic idea of expanding a “standard gamut”. In this example orange (O), green (G), and violet (V) are added to our commonly used process colors CMYK (which are also known as “warm color set” and OGV as “cold color set”).
In the next chapters you learn more about application areas, the great advantages and benefits, and how to conduct a successful implementation.
Special colors are especially eye-catching and really important for every brand owner! A large global player and customer summarized that very impressively when he said: “Our brand colors are our crown jewels; they always need to be perfect!”
But to work with spot colors requires effort and expense for all companies involved. Extra inventory, higher prices, frequent color changes and subsequent wash-up and press downtime all add up to reduced flexibility in job processing and significantly impact the whole production workflow.
As a result, the printing press is not used to the best of its ability and productivity drops. That costs time and money.
Our software tool X Gamut is a fully automated color management workflow software for extended color printing on digital and conventional presses. It helps all printing houses using an expanded color standard, fixed 7 or 8 color ink set to accurately reproduce spot colors and to print brilliant images, in the case of photo books for example.
That means: No need to mess around with special inks. The perfect match of software features and intelligent workflow tools in X Gamut enable printers to leverage the full gamut of the press and ink set so that spot colors and images are brilliantly reproduced in all their detail – all without the need for special color inks.
This not only considerably streamlines the production process but also helps to tremendously reduce cost - for printers and clients alike.
√ Accurate spot and brand color reproduction using a fixed ink set (CMYK+X)
√ Brilliant images
√ Reduced ink costs and inventory
√ Huge time savings due to faster make-ready times and less cleanup
√ Faster job throughput and increased productivity
√ Optimized machine utilization plus more flexibility
√ More efficiency, increased capacity and higher margins
√ Sustainability: Less ink and paper used, less energy and reduced ink waste
√ Better prices and service for customers
Links & Contact
- Print & Download Version (PDF)
- Product Handout (PDF)
- Case Study: Process Optimization with ORIS X Gamut
- Case Study: Printing Spot Colors without Spot Inks