Colour accuracy plays a huge role in the graphics industry. Colour needs to be reproduced on many different devices. These devices are categorised into 3 different categories: Monitors, Scanners and Printers. An example in a perfect world where all 3 of those devices are calibrated, you are able to scan an image, view the image, then re print that same image and it should look the same or be in a degree of tolerance from the original image and the image displayed on your monitor.
Calibrating monitors is the easy part as the monitor and calibration device (spectrophotometer) can speak to the calibration software at the same time and make changes on the fly. This allows monitors to be accurate when calibrated.
Calibrating printers is a more complex process as there are more variables which includes: ink colours (many variations), Printing software (Raster Image Processor) and a range of media available to print on. Different media such as paper or vinyl will show colours differently. Some will produce better colours than others.
Colour accuracy on glass
Colour accuracy on glass is a more complex process. It is very unfamiliar to most in the industry and not taught or documented anywhere. Complete Graphics have come up with our own processes and standards that we use inhouse to accurately calibrate glass prints. Our process allows us to produce printed glass with true to life colours without compromises.
Complete Graphics regularly tests and re-tests our calibration files so if you ever need a reprint, we can be positive the reprint will match your existing print as long as the existing print hasn’t been damaged or exposed out in the sun for a long period of time.