CIELAB HLC Colour Atlas available in the Proof.de Shop

It has taken almost a year, but we are all the more pleased now: The “CIELAB HLC Colour Atlas” is completed and can be ordered in our shop. The HLC Colour Atlas is a open source, high-precision colour system based on open standards.

The CIELAB HLC Colour Atlas offers professional users of colour three decisive advantages:

  • The CIELAB HLC colour atlas is based on open, non-proprietary standards that are free of copyrights and trademarks.
  • The colour atlas with all components is available to all users free of charge online and can be downloaded, used and passed on directly.
    It is released under an OpenSource Creative Commons license.
  • The printed reference of the CIELAB HLC colour atlas impresses with outstanding precision and, unlike some commercial products, the colour accuracy is extremely high with a DeltaE00 median of 0.3 and an average DeltaE00 of 0.5. In most cases, the deviation from the ideal colour reference and colour differences between two colour atlases can be measured, but not perceived by the human eye. Each atlas is produced on our best Fogra-certified high-end proofing printer on Fogra-certified paper. Each copy is delivered with an individual, colorimetric test report in accordance with ISO 12647-7:2016 to document the color accuracy of each individual color atlas.

The atlas consists of the following components:

  • A printed colour atlas master reference (A4, ring binder) with 2040 colours, based on the intuitive HLC colour model (Hue, Lightness, Chroma), with shades of 10 between the individual colours. This also includes colors that are not reproducible in normal CMYK workflows (jewelry colors). This component is produced with the greatest care in Tübingen. The colour atlas contains an introduction and instructions for use in German or English.
  • A free PDF-Master version of the color atlas, which also displays numerous other color spaces such as sRGB, Fogra39, Fogra51 and 52 etc. via layers in the PDF file.
  • Color palettes with all 2040 LAB values for Adobe software in ASE format. We provide this library in a timely manner also in the SBZ format of Swatchbooker as well as in sRGB versions for LibreOffice (SOC), GIMP (GPL) and Scribus 1.4. x (XML). Scribus 1.5. x already contains the SBZ-file and a sRGB-version is shipped with LibreOffice since version 5.4.4.4, as well as with the current stable version Scribus 1.4.6.
  • A table with color conversion values of all colors of the atlas according to sRGB, HEX and ISOCoatedV2 in two rendering intents.
  • Spectral data of all color fields in a CxF v. 3 file containing the color data of all color fields in spectral values. This file enables, for example, paint manufacturers to use all colours of the atlas with high precision spectral spectral data or to create their own reliable references – open source and without licensing fees. For example, an ink manufacturer can simply load the CxF3 file into typical color formulation software and create the right mix for its printing inks. This applies not only to offset printing, but also to coatings, textile inks and plastics.

All files are available for free download under a CC license. Only the HLC colour atlas printed by Proof GmbH is subject to a fee, as production is very labour and cost-intensive. The introductory price of EUR 99, – is valid until the end of April 2018, starting in May EUR 149, — plus VAT and shipping costs.

You can order the CIELAB HLC colour atlas here in our shop

We at FreieFarbe e. V. and Proof GmbH not only see the “CIELAB HLC-Farbatlas” as a genuine and open alternative to the hundreds of proprietary color systems, but we also believe that the highest quality standard of the printed color atlas can only be achieved by coating systems.

Since the beginning of January, we have also been working on converting our open colour system with the German DIN standards organisation into a DIN SPEC standard.

INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT HAVE BEEN:

Holger Everding (DPT Studio Oldenburg), Jan-Peter Homann (Homann Colormanagement), Eric A. Soder (pixsource. com), Peter Jäger (pre2media. ch) and Matthias Betz (Proof GmbH) as well as Christoph Schäfer and Gregory Pittman (Scribus Team).

WITH THE FRIENDLY SUPPORT OF:

freeFarbe e. V. also thanks for the support of ColorLogic GmbH with its software ZePrA for special color optimization and ColorAnt for the acquisition of spectral data, Epson Deutschland GmbH for support with ink and GMG GmbH & Co. KG for the support with certified proof papers and their color proofing software.

Heaven 42 proofs on proof paper with optical brighteners

Good consistency in the paper white of proof paper and original Scheufelen heaven 42 paper color

Good consistency in the paper white of proof paper and original Scheufelen heaven 42 paper color

The Proof GmbH provides proofs for Scheufelen Heaven 42 papers on the new EFI 8245 OBA proofing paper. With this new proofing paper it is now possible to proof the bright-white paper dye of Heaven42l.

With Heaven 42 a bright white paper was developed by the German paper company Scheufelen, which opened up a new color whiteness. Especially technical motifs (shades of gray, silver tones from 4c, strong contrasts) act on Heaven 42 particularly brilliant and neutral. With an unchanged separation (eg with ICC profile “ISOcoated_v2”), but the printed image with the same color and dot gain looks considerably colder. Using images with warm tones (z. B. skintones) it is therefore recommended to do color adjustments.

We proofed Heaven42 on EFI Proof Paper 8245 OBA with optical brighteners and measure the Proofs M1 standard with consideration of optical brighteners. The proof can be provided with a UGRA / FOGRA media wedge and test report. Our Heaven42 proofs provide a good simulation of Heaven42 offered by Scheufelen for the ICC Profiles of Heidelberger Druck. The profile can be downloaded from the Scheufelen Website with additional notes from Scheufelen to pressure requirements etc., which are also included in the download of the profile.

The Heaven 42 Profiles can be downloaded here.

Scheufelen offers two ICC-Profiles for Download, we are proofing the profile of Heidelberger Druck (“_HD”).
Profile: Heaven42_AM_U280_K98_G80_HD.icc
Ink Coverage: ~280 % (U)
Black: GCR , 80 % (G)
Max Black: 98 % (K)
Proofing Substrate: EFI Proof Paper 8245 OBA Semimatt
Verification Profile: Made from Reference Data
Verification Lightning: M1 with OBA

Heaven 42 Proofs can be ordered directly in Proof store of Proof.de. Simply select the profile “Heaven 42 (Coated OBA)”.

Scheufelen Heaven 42 Heaven42 Vergleich mit ISOCoatedV2 Digitalproof der Proof GmbH

Bottom left: ISOcoatedv2 Proof on EFI Gravure Proof Paper 4245, Bottom right: Heaven 42 Proof on EFI Proof Paper 8245 OBA Above: Original paper white Heaven 42 by Scheufelen

Scheufelen Heaven 42 match with ISOCoatedV2 Digitalproof of Proof GmbH

Below: ISOcoatedv2 Proof to EFI Gravure Proof Paper 4245. Above: Heaven 42 Proof EFI Proof Paper 8245 OBA. Middle: Original paper pattern Heaven 42 Scheufelen

 

 

Current Proof Standards 2015

Offset / Heatset / Coldset

From September 30th 2015:
PSOCoatedV3 / Fogra 51
Profile: PSOcoated_v3.icc
The successor of ISOcoatedv2 for glossy and matte coated paper with moderate optical brighteners
Paper: Paper type 1, glossy and matte coated paper with moderate optical brightning agents (8-14 DeltaB according to ISO 15397), Tone value increase curve A (CMYK) according to ISO 12647-2:2013, Paper white: CIELAB=95;1,5;-6
Characterization Data: Presumably Fogra51L (M1)

From September 30th 2015:
PSOuncoated_v3 / Fogra 52
Profile: PSOuncoated_v3_FOGRA52.icc
The successor of PSOUncoated for uncoated wood-free paper with high fluorescence.
Paper: Paper type 5, wood-free uncoated, with high OBAs (more than 14 DeltaB according to ISO 15397), Tonal value increase curves C (CMYK) according to ISO 12647-2:2013, Paper white: CIELAB=93.5;2.5;-10
Characterization Data: PresumablyFogra52L (M1)

ISO Coated v2 (ECI)
Profile: ISOcoated_v2_eci.icc
Paper types 1 and 2, gloss and matte coated
Tone value increase curves A (CMY) and B (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA39L

ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)
Profile: ISOCoated_v2_300_eci.icc
Paper types 1 and 2, gloss and matte coated
Tone value increase curves A (CMY) and B (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA39L

PSO LWC Improved (ECI) New 2009
Profile: PSO_LWC_Improved_eci.icc
Paper type 3, improved gloss coated (LWC)
Tone value increase curves B (CMY) and C (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA45L

PSO LWC Standard (ECI) New 2009
Profile: PSO_LWC_Standard_eci.icc
Paper type 3, standard gloss coated (LWC)
Tone value increase curves B (CMY) and C (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA46L

PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI) New 2009
Profile: PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_eci.icc
Paper type 4, uncoated white offset
Tone value increase curves C (CMY) and D (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA47L

ISO Uncoated Yellowish
Profile: ISOuncoatedyellowish.icc
Paper type 5, uncoated yellowish offset
Tone value increase curves C (CMY) and D (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA30L

SC Paper (ECI)
Profile: SC_paper_eci.icc
Paper type SC, Super calandered •
Tone value increase curves B (CMY) and C (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA40L

PSO MFC Paper (ECI)
Profile: PSO_MFC_paper_eci.icc
Paper type MFC, Machine finished coating
Tone value increase curves B (CMY) and C (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA41L

PSO SNP Paper (ECI)
Profile: PSO_SNP_paper_eci.icc
Paper type SNP, Standard newsprint, heatset web offset printing
Tone value increase curves C (CMY) and D (K) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA42L

PSO Coated NPscreen ISO12647 (ECI)
Profile: PSO_Coated_NPscreen_ISO12647_eci.icc
Paper type 1 and 2, gloss and matte coated non-periodic screening (NPscreen), 20 μm
Tone value increase curve F (CMYK) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA43L

PSO Coated 300% NPscreen ISO12647 (ECI)
Profile: PSO_Coated_300_NPscreen_ISO12647_eci.icc
Paper type 1 and 2, gloss and matte coated
non-periodic screening (NPscreen), 20 μm
Tone value increase curve F (CMYK) as defined in ISO12647-2:2004
Characterization Data: FOGRA43L

PSO Uncoated NPscreen ISO12647 (ECI)
Profile: PSO_Uncoated_NPscreen_ISO12647_eci.icc
Paper type 4, uncoated white offset
non-periodic screening (NPscreen), 30 μm
Tone value increase curve F (CMYK) as defined in ISO 12647-2:2004
Characterization Data:FOGRA44L

Improved Newsprint, INP / PSO INP Paper (ECI)
Profile: PSO_INP_Paper_eci.icc
Commercial and specialty offset, INP paper (improved news print), positive plates
tone value increase curves C (CMY) and D (K), white backing
Characterization Data: FOGRA48L.txt

PSO Coated v2 300% Matte laminate (ECI)
Profile: PSO_Coated_v2_300_Matte_laminate_eci.icc
FINISHING PROOF! Not for on-press colour matching!
Matte lamination with OPP film,
FOGRA49 shows the finished final product, dedicated separation, detection of colour changes compared to ISO Coated v2
Characterization Data: FOGRA49L.txt

PSO Coated v2 300% Glossy laminate (ECI)
Profile: PSO_Coated_v2_300_Glossy_laminate_eci.icc
FINISHING PROOF! Not for on-press colour matching!
Glossy lamination with OPP film,
FOGRA50 shows the finished final product, dedicated separation, detection of colour changes compared to ISO Coated v2
Characterization Data: FOGRA50L.txt

Heaven42
The absolute white tone opens up the greatest scope of colours for design and printing afforded by any coated paper worldwide. The perfect foundation for extreme contrasts and combination with ultra white natural papers. The absolutely white paper shade of heaven 42 impacts on the printing process as well as on the pre-press stage. With the same colouring and dot gain, the printed image can look significantly colder if separation remains unchanged (e.g. with
ICC-profile “IsoCoated_v2”).

We are proofiing Heaven42 on proof paper with optical brighteners and measure the Proof in M1 Standard. Please note: Our Heaven42 proofs represent a good simulation of the original Heaven42 ICC Profile, but are not – as an ISOcoatedv2 Proof – coloraccurate and legally binding.

Scheufelen offers two ICC-Profiles for download, we are proofing the color profile of Heidelberger Druck (“_HD”).
Profile: Heaven42_AM_U280_K98_G80_HD.icc (Heidelberger Druck)
Ink Coverage: ~280 % (U)
Gray: GCR , 80 % (G)
Black Generation: 98 % (K)
Proofpaper: EFI Proof Paper 8245 OBA Semimatt
Proofprofile: Generated from reference profile
Measuring method: M1 with optical brighners (OBAs)

Rotogravure standard:

ECI Rotogravure profiles from 2009 for the Process Standard Rotogravure (PSR)

LWC Plus
Profile: PSR_LWC_PLUS_V2_PT.icc
The successor of HWC
Profile: PSR_LWC_PLUS_V2_PT.icc
Paper: LWC (light weight coated) paper
Characterization data: ECI_PSR_LWC_PLUS_V2.txt

LWC Standard
Profile: PSR_LWC_STD_V2_PT.icc
Paper: LWC (light weight coated) paper
Characterization data: ECI_PSR_LWC_STD_V2.txt

SC Plus
Profile: PSR_SC_Plus_V2.icc
whiter super calandered paper
Characterization data: ECI_PSR_SC_Plus_V2.txt

SC standard
Profile: PSR_SC_STD_V2.icc
Paper: super calandered paper
Characterization data: ECI_PSR_SC_STD_V2.txt

News Plus
Profile: PSRgravureMF.icc
PSRgravureMF is now reffered to as News Plus
Paper: Paper News Plus
Characterization data: PSRgravureMF_ECI2002.txt

US / International Proof Profiles

GRACoL2006_Coated1v2
Profile: GRACoL2006_Coated1v2.icc
GRACol interpretation of ISO 12647-2.
Paper: Paper type 1 and 2, gloss and matt art paper, dot gain curves NPDC (Neutral Density Curves Print)
Characterization data: GRACoL2006_Coated1.txt, a derivation from Fogra 39

SWOP2006_Coated3v2
Profile: SWOP2006_Coated3v2
SWOP interpretation of ISO 12647-2 for offset printing on coated paper thin.
Paper: Thin, coated paper, dot gain curves NPDC (Neutral Density Curves Print)
Characterization data: SWOP2006_Coated3.txt, a derivative of Adobe USWebCoated v2

SWOP2006_Coated5v2
Profile: SWOP2006_Coated5v2
Other SWOP interpretation of ISO 12647-2 for offset printing on coated paper thin.
Paper: Thin, coated paper with a slightly different white tone to SWOP2006_Coated3V2, dot gain curves NPDC (Neutral Density Curves Print)
Characterization data: SWOP2006_Coated5.txt, a derivative of Adobe USWebCoated v2

JapanColor2011Coated
Profile: JapanColor2011Coated.icc
The new standard of Japan Printing Machinery Association (JPMA).
Characterization data: JapanColor.it8

PaC.Space
Profile: PaC.Space_CMYK_gravure_V1a.icc
PaC.Space is the first common color standard for packaging gravure printing, which enables to process-an interface from the supplied prepress data or printer-specific requirements.
Paper: Coated substrates and films for packaging gravure
Characterization data: FOGRA_PaCSpace_MKCheck11.it8

Proofing Standards for Papers with Optical Brightening Agents (OBA)

SWOP 2013 C3
Profile: SWOP2013_CRPC5.icc or SWOP2013C3-CPRC5.icc
The profile is being measured in M1 Mode taking into account the Optical Brightening Agents in the paper.
TAC: 260%
GCR: Medium+
Max K: 100%
TVI: CMY 16%, K19%

Paper: Grade #3 paper
Characterization data reference: CGATS21-2-CRPC5

SWOP 2013 C5
Profile: SWOP2013C5.icc
Based on CGATS-21-2 CRPC5, with substrate correction (SCCA) for US Grade5 coated stock. Reference White Point in LAB: 90/0/-4
The profile is being measured in M1 Mode taking into account the Optical Brightening Agents in the paper.
Paper: Grade #5 paper
Characterization data reference: SWOP2015C5

GRACoL 2013 Uncoated
Profile: GRACoL2013UNC_CRPC3.icc
The profile is being measured in M1 Mode taking into account the Optical Brightening Agents in the paper.
TAC: 260%
GCR: Medium+
Max K: 100%
TVI: CMY 16%, K19%

Paper: N.N.
Characterization data reference: CGATS21-2-CRPC3

GRACoL 2013
Profile: GRACoL2013_CRPC6.icc
The profile is being measured in M1 Mode taking into account the Optical Brightening Agents in the paper.
TAC: 320%
GCR: Medium+
Max K: 100%
TVI: CMY 16%, K19,1%

Paper: N.N.
Characterization data reference: CGATS21-2-CRPC6


ISO Web Coated
Profile: ISOwebcoated.icc
LWC paper standard, glossy
Paper: Paper grade 3, standard glossy coated (LWC), dot gain curves B (CMY) and C (K) from ISO 12647-2: 2004
Test profile: FOGRA28L

ISONewspaper 26v4
Profile: ISONewspaper26v4.icc
Newspaper
Paper: paper type SNP, standard newsprint, heatset web offset, dot gain curves C (CMY) and D (K) from ISO 12647-2: 2004
Test profile: IFRA26

ISOUncoated
Profile: ISOUncoated.icc
Standard for uncoated white natural paper
Paper: paper grade 4, uncoated white offset, dot gain curves C (CMY) and D (K) from ISO 12647-2: 2004
Test profile: FOGRA29L

SWOP 2013
Profile: SWOP2013_CRPC5.icc
The profile is measured in M1 mode under consideration of optical brighteners and must be printed on proof papers with optical brighteners.
Maximum color contribution: 260%
GCR: Medium+
Maximum black: 100%
Dot gain: CMY 16%, K19%
Paper: Grade #3 paper
Test profile: CGATS21-2-CRPC5

PSO SC-B Paper v3 NEW 2017
Profile: PSOsc-b_paper_v3_FOGRA54.icc
SC-B paper, super calandered paper, satin finish
Paper: commercial offset, SC-B paper (super-calendered, satined), printing condition PC6, dot gain curve 2013-B, white measuring pad.
Test profile: FOGRA54.txt

WAN-IFRAnewspaper 26v5
Profile: WAN-IFRAnewspaper26v5.icc
Color space: Primary and secondary colors from ISO 12647-3: 2013
Dot gain: 26%
Maximum paint application: 220%
Maximum GCR: Long black with an early black start