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Execute from Good to GREAT with X-Rite Training Services

At X-Rite Pantone, we love color, and we’re passionate about helping you get yours right. That’s why we offer a full-service training program, staffed with Color Experts from many of the industries we serve.

From beginner to advanced, lowest investment to highest return, we offer a variety of options to teach you everything you need to know to be successful.

  • Are you new to color, wondering where it fits in your business objectives?
  • Do you already have a color workflow, but wish it was more efficient?
  • Are you looking toward certification to help you gain a competitive edge?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to keep reading. Today we’re presenting our stair-step approach to training. There’s a step for everyone, and moving toward the top doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Take a look at where you are today, determine where you want to go, and let us help you achieve your color goals!

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Manufacturing, Print, Training

Make Sure You’re Using the Right Aperture for the Job

When judging color, background can be a major distraction for the human eye. In fact, surrounding colors and patterns can actually change the perception of the color you’re trying to focus on.

One of the wonderful things about color measurement instruments like colorimeters and spectrophotometers is that they can’t be distracted. They aren’t susceptible to variables such as fatigue, age or color vision deficiency. They aren’t even aware that a surround exists – they only measure the reflected light from the targeted sample area through a system of lenses called an aperture.


If your job involves specifying, communicating, evaluating, or approving color, you need to consider aperture size in the color measurement process. Today we’ll review why that’s important and share tips to help you make the right choice for your color measurement applications.

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Learn how to maximize your color measurement devices

In color production, mistakes can happen anytime, anywhere… during specification, formulation, manufacturing, assembly, quality control, or (unfortunately) all of the above. Every mistake adds up to wasted time and materials, and stacking errors across a production workflow can get expensive very quickly.

How can you stop this error stack from happening? If your job requires you to get color right, spectral data should be your best friend.


One of our favorite eLearning courses to help customers maximize the accuracy and efficiency of their color measurement tools is Color Measurement Essentials. Each module includes videos to teach the basic concepts, plus hands-on exercises that allow you to practice what you learned using your device. Although the exercises can be applied to other instruments, they were developed with the Ci6x series in mind.

Each module also includes a short quiz to ensure you retain the key concepts. An overall score of 80% or higher earns a certificate of completion – a great way to impress your customers!

Sound interesting? Read on to learn how Color Measurement Essentials can help you increase accuracy and efficiency in your color workflow.

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XRGA: X-Rite’s Graphic Arts Standard

Many print shops use more than one color measurement instrument, especially for cross-media color reproduction. But if you’ve ever measured the same color with different instruments, you’ve probably noticed that the numbers don’t always match.

Why is that?

Spectrophotometers measure color by capturing the ratio of reflected or transmitted light from the surface of the sample and comparing it to a known reference standard. The result is a spectral fingerprint for that color. But since calibration standards and reference databases vary slightly among models and manufacturers, the same color sample can produce different spectral fingerprints.

If your shop is using more than one instrument, which numbers do you believe and how do you create standard operating procedures?

This is the issue that prompted X-Rite to introduce the XRGA Graphics Art standard for factory calibration. It not only solves this metrology issue, but also incorporates new advances in color technology and the latest ISO standards.

color challenges and opportunities global supply chain

The color challenge and opportunity in a global supply chain.

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Print, Training

How to Become an Idealliance® G7™ Master Printer

X-Rite recently donated color management solutions from our i1 Family to Idealliance® for use at its partner laboratories at Cal Poly University and the Rochester Institute of Technologies. The universities are leveraging i1 calibration and ICC profiling solutions, including the new i1iSis 2, as part of Idealliance’s G7™ Master and G7 Process Control Master Qualification programs.

G7™ is a proof-to-print process control method that allows you to reliably and efficiently match the visual appearance of the output from multiple printing devices. It works by defining the gray balance and NPDC curves in conjunction with the traditional method of measuring tonal value increase (TVI/dot gain) for each color. G7 can be applied to any type of printing, regardless of the type of ink or printing method, including electrostatic, inkjet, offset sheetfed, offset web, and flexo.

It’s important to note that G7 is a process, not a standard. However, G7 qualification can help you achieve repeatable, consistent control over your production process by ensuring that your process colors are neutral and balanced, improving gray balance, and stabilizing color.

The G7™ Master Printer program is managed by Idealliance®, a not-for-profit association of leading print and electronic media service providers and their technology partners. Idealliance offers G7 Master Qualification to printers who can prove they’re capable of performing to G7 specifications. Qualification must be done by a certified G7 Expert.

Customers are looking for G7 Master Printers. Today we’ll look at how X-Rite’s Certified G7 Color Experts can help you achieve G7 compliance to stay competitive in the market.

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