Color-Logic gaining popularity among RIP developers

Manufacturers enabling printers to use Color-Logic in workflows

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An example from the Color-Logic Print Test Forms that was created to highlight these type of RIP issues before you go to print. Photo: Color-Logic
An example from the Color-Logic Print Test Forms that was created to highlight these type of RIP issues before you go to print. Photo: Color-Logic

The importance and utility of Color-Logic in the printing industry is widely recognized by RIP (Raster Image Processor) developers as the preferred method of producing metallic images and special effects. 

Discussing the matter, Mark Geeves, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing, said, “In digital printing, a RIP serves as the interface between the digital front end (DFE) and the print engine. Because of differences in print engines and DFEs, each digital press installation needs a RIP that has been specifically tailored to connect between the DFE and print engine being used.”

Geeves said that as of mid-2022, specific features had been made available by almost all RIP manufacturers to enable printers to use Color-Logic in their workflows. “The fact that these RIP developers have made Color-Logic available to users of nearly every digital press and printer manufacturer worldwide speaks to the widespread popularity of the Color-Logic metallic color system.”

Geeves continued, “The RIP developers providing a specific connection for the Color-Logic system now include Caldera, CGS, ColorGate, Compose, EFI, Ergosoft, Equios, Global Graphics, GMG, Heidelberg Versafire, Onyx, RTI-RIPs, SAI, Wasatch, and Xitron. All of these manufacturers offer Color-Logic connectivity to most of the digital presses and printers around the world.”

Geeves said, works closely with these and other manufacturers providing equipment capable of printing metallics using silver inks or toners on conventional substrates as well as those producing images with white ink or toner on metallic substrates. “More than 75 digital presses and printers worldwide use Color-Logic to produce the sparkling metallics so popular with brands and commercial customers.”

The company develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. It provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. 

Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. The company supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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