Colorants (and raves) - CHROMiX Blog

Musings on color management, CHROMiX products and services and other relevant topics.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy Birthday, CHROMiX!


CHROMiX celebrated 20 years as a company by hosting a taste of birthday cake for everyone at the color management conference in San Diego earlier this month.  For those who have never been to this conference, consider going next year - as it's a smaller, more intimate setting where you can learn more about how to improve the color in the print room, the camera, or the display on your desktop.   

Twenty years is actually a long time for a company to be around in the digital color world.  Back when the company started, the Indigo printer was still owned by Benny Landa (before HP), the Apple Studio Display was one of the first LCD displays (a whopping 15") for $1999, and Nikon made a 2.7 megapixel camera that sold for almost $6000!  We have seen a lot of development of the industry over the years and are happy to have had a hand it in.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Profiling Secrets revealed!



Steve Upton, Pat Herold and Rick Hatmaker are gearing up to head to the PIA Color Conference 2019 in San Diego coming up in January 12th to 15th.  Pat will be presenting a session on how to make great profiles. Steve has a couple of sessions on verification & troubleshooting inkjet output, as well as analysis of expanded gamut printing.
CHROMiX will also be providing a 20th Year Birthday Cake during the 3:20 pm afternoon break on Monday the 14th. Come join us if you can!

Last year was a surprisingly great conference in the new location with a lot of new people.   This year promises to be even better!

Color 2019 is back with more than 35 in-depth sessions, featuring four tracks, including Brand & Design, Print Production How-to's, Wide Format Inkjet, and Standards & Research. Whether you're a creative, brand professional, production specialist, or a color management expert, there will be sessions that are well-matched for you at this year's conference. Color 2019 is where you'll find the best, most practical and in-depth information from the best minds in color—and gain knowledge that will strengthen your competitive edge.

Visit www.printing.org/color for more information!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stan Lee needed G7

As the passing of comic book creator Stan Lee has been in the news lately, we are reminded of the necessity of proper color management.
The original design of The Incredible Hulk had his skin be gray, but a problem with the printing press / ink on the original runs of the comic book caused the gray to look green instead.  If they had used the G7 methodology back in 1962, the Incredible Hulk might be gray today!
Now you can apply your color knowledge to this quiz:
https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-incredible-hulk-was-originally-what-color/




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Weevil not be ignored!

"The ultimate aim of research in this field is to figure out how the weevil self-assembles these structures, because with our current technology we are unable to do so," Dr. Saranathan said. "The ability to produce these structures, which are able to provide a high colour fidelity regardless of the angle you view it from, will have applications in any industry which deals with colour production. We can use these structures in cosmetics and other pigmentations to ensure high-fidelity hues, or in digital displays in your phone or tablet which will allow you to view it from any angle and see the same true image without any colour distortion. We can even use them to make reflective cladding for to minimise signal loss during transmission."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-colour-generation-mechanism-rainbow-weevil.html#jCp
Photo Credit: Dr. Bodo D Wilts
Photo Credit: Dr. Bodo D. Wilts
Here's a true color geek Halloween costume: the Philippine Snout Weevil.
 
Scientists from Singapore and Switzerland are studying the colors on the Philippine Snout Weevil.  This colorful little guy reproduces all the colors of the rainbow in concentric circles on its body, and does so by varying the size and volume of the scales on its exoskeleton.  No pigments involved!  It is said that human technology has no current means of reproducing this phenomena.  Of particular interest is the way these colors do not change hue when viewed at different angles.




"The ultimate aim of research in this field is to figure out how the weevil self-assembles these structures, because with our current technology we are unable to do so," Dr. Saranathan said. "The ability to produce these structures, which are able to provide a high colour fidelity regardless of the angle you view it from, will have applications in any industry which deals with colour production. We can use these structures in cosmetics and other pigmentations to ensure high-fidelity hues, or in digital displays in your phone or tablet which will allow you to view it from any angle and see the same true image without any colour distortion. We can even use them to make reflective cladding for to minimise signal loss during transmission."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-colour-generation-mechanism-rainbow-weevil.html#jCp
"The ultimate aim of research in this field is to figure out how the weevil self-assembles these structures, because with our current technology we are unable to do so," Dr. Saranathan said. "The ability to produce these structures, which are able to provide a high colour fidelity regardless of the angle you view it from, will have applications in any industry which deals with colour production. We can use these structures in cosmetics and other pigmentations to ensure high-fidelity hues, or in digital displays in your phone or tablet which will allow you to view it from any angle and see the same true image without any colour distortion."

Friday, June 22, 2018

ColorThink Pro update

There is a new update to ColorThink Pro available on our download page:
https://www.chromix.com/colorthink/download

This is not a major update but brings a number of fixes & tunings that many of you have been asking about.  (Thanks for your feedback, and keep it coming!)

While we're at it, you should know that ColorThink Pro is a 32bit app on both Mac and Windows. We're working on a major (paid) upgrade that will be 64bit. In the meantime, macOS High Sierra appears to be warning users that the app is not "optimized" for their machine. Not to worry, it runs fine.

Our initial testing with Mojave (10.14) beta indicates that ColorThink Pro will run fine there as well.  See the release notes in the download to get the skinny on all that this update touches.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Award-Winning Curve4

 We have just learned that Curve4 has won a software design award!  The Xojo design awards for 2018 have just been announced at the Xojo Developer's Conference in Denver.  The report is that judging the winners was not easy because of a large number of great entries.

Curve4 received the award for Best Specialty App for 2018!

All of you who marvel at the complex calculations and the powerful new features in Curve4, even while the user interface is easy and intuitive - well... you're not the only ones to be impressed.








Monday, March 12, 2018

Better transmissive profiles

A few years ago I posted here about the popularity of our transmissive profiles.
http://blog.chromix.com/2010/07/transmissive-profiles.html
Now, these profiles are faster, better and less expensive.  Since that post in 2010 we have invested in a state-of-the-art Barbieri LFP spectrophotometer, which makes it possible to take transmissive measurements using our standard target. 

The word "transmissive" means we are capturing the measurements of the color as it passes through the clear or semi-opaque material.  The effect of a light source transmitting through the semi-clear media and through the ink can best be captured using a spectrophotometer that is specially made for this purpose.  You might use transmissive profiles if you are producing images intended to be back-lit in light boxes or other such displays.

Before, we would have to charge $150 per profile for RGB Transmissive profiles because of the great deal of handling involved in making these measurements using the DTP-41T.  Now, we use the same target we use for the ColorValet Pro service.  This means that ColorValet Pro customers can now get transmissive profiles for only $49 more per profile.  And for our regular ColorValet customers, we have been able to lower our price for standalone RGB transmissive profiles to $99.00.    (CMYK transmissive profiles are still $150.)

https://www.chromix.com/colorgear/shop/productdetail.cxsa?toolid=50191