Thinking of getting an Epson D3000?
A long awaited blog post!
Here at Color Confidence we work with some of the leading brands in digital imaging and colour management, one of which being Epson.
Epson have been producing market leading photographic printers for the digital imaging markets for generations. The SureLab range is the latest in their product line and sets the benchmark for Dry Lab accuracy and quality ideally suited to high-end photography print production.
In particular, the D3000 is designed for high-quality photo print production offering a print quality and colour consistency comparable to that of Epson’s professional graphics printers. This means output will appear consistent, giving companies the flexibility to work with a wider range of sizes and print run lengths by using the SL-D3000 in conjunction with another Epson printer.
Our Imaging and Print Division (IPD) works closely with Epson to provide Wet and Dry solutions for all kinds of printing requirements, making best use of our colour management and technical know-how with Epson’s world-renowned, quality printers.
A dedicated website is now available for all things Epson, available at;
DxO FilmPack 4 Review
This week at CC HQ we had the pleasure of welcoming Hector Martinez from DxO Image Science. He was here to overview the new features of DxO FilmPack 4, which you can now get as a free upgrade from FilmPack 3 if you purchase/(d) from March 1st 2013.
The overall concept is the same: emulating the features and characteristics of traditional film to your digital images. You also get the same ‘essentials’ and ‘expert’ versions of the software as in FilmPack 3.
Rediscover the magic of analog film
Give your digital photos all the quality and emotion of Fine Art photography, perfectly reproducing the quality, style, colour and grain of the most famous analog films over the years.
The black and white film renderings are arguably the flagship feature of FilmPack 4 (and perhaps the closest match to the excellent Silver Efex Pro we’ve seen since the departure of Nik Software).
FilmPack reproduces numerous black and white films such as Kodak, Tri-X, Fuji, Neopan and Polaroid. Depending on what style of black and white rendering you like, you can select a film effect based on contrast, grain or grey nuances. There are 26 black and white film styles at your disposal, each customisable to suit your creativity.
So what’s new in FilmPack 4?
- Textures – A large variety of textures, scratches, grains, spots and ‘paper’ effects are available for that classic ‘vintage’ look
- Light Leaks - Simulate light leaks caused by accidental exposure of film to direct light, causing areas of overexposure or saturation
- Frames - Make your image stand out. White, black, mat, darkroom, slide, snapshot, glass, old-style, paper frames are all available to draw attention to your images.
- Blur Vignetting - Apply blurred effects to draw attention or focus down on specific areas of your image, simulating the loss of depth of field
- Snapshots - (Expert Edition) A Snapshot features allows you to take a /snapshot’ of your images during the course of processing, allowing you to revisit corrections applied later on or for side-by-side comparisons
- Favourite Presets - Find and save your favourite or most-used presets and styles for easy application to other digital images
- Printing - You can now print directly from the application using the icon
- Redesigned Interface - The whole interface had been redesigned to make it easy to explore and apply the styles and settings you want
So what are you waiting for? Get editing now!
The DxO Academy is also worth a mention for those wanting extra videos, images and webinar tutorials, for the entire DxO range. Well worth a look if you want some extra help or guidance for the new products.
If you’d like to watch a full-featured webinar about FilmPack , check the below video:
Color Confidence Drop-in day 12h June
WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE marks the next opportunity for you to drop-in to discuss all things colour management.
Quiz the experts
Our experts will be on hand to give you professional product demonstrations and best practice tips to help you get the best out of your equipment.
Whether it’s how to properly profile your printer, which professional monitor will best suit your requirements, or how to use the latest image editing software, our team will be here to help.
What’s on display?
- A comprehensive range of the latest professional and colour accurate monitors, including the range of new generation LED backlight displays from NEC and Eizo.
- Monitor and printer calibration devices from X-Rite
- Extensive image editing software and tutorials with DxO, Franzis and onOne
- Pantone colour guides –the latest editions and learn which best suit your needs
- Accessories ranging from Rain Design and Booq, to LMP and a range of Pantone lifestyle products
- Color Confidence Services – an opportunity to discuss your challenges and how you can benefit from our range of services
Our Drop-in Days take place at our head office in Birmingham, and run from 10:00 to 16:00; best of all, it’s completely FREE.
Congratulations to DxO!
As we tweeted a few days ago, Optics Pro 8 from DxO Labs has picked up the TIPA 2013 prize for “best photo software”.
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) is composed of the biggest photography magazines in the industry said;
““When you combine the expertise of DxO Labs in image quality with a full-featured Raw converter and image processor, photographers will discover a powerful software tool for image enhancement in one workspace.”
You can read the full release here.
We’ve had DxO as part of our product range for a few months now as we strive to fill the hole left by Nik Software. You may well have seen us demoing it at this year’s Focus on Imaging.
DxO – particularly Optics Pro 8 – works in harmony with your camera and lens combinations. The software will automatically recognise your camera and lens to provide image corrections based on your kit. Downloadable corrections can also be sourced.
Think of Optics Pro 8 as precision image correction meets creative effects. The idea is to spend more time perusing your passion (taking photographs) and less time in front of your screen editing images.
The DxO website gives a fantastic overview of the product, with lots of interactive demo images and examples.
You can also pick your copy up from us here.
When you think of Pantone you probably think of colour charts and codes
But there’s more to Pantone than just assessing colour. There’s a whole universe of Pantone accessories to bring a designer lifestyle to the everyday world.
From mugs and coasters, to sugar bowls and coin purses. There’s a host of Pantone accessories available to add some extra colour into your life.
After all, colour is essential to your life. The colours you love are deep and vital affirmations of who you are. Bringing those colours into your day and your environment is the ultimate form of self-expression.
Pantone Universe is a design-led collection for the home, the workplace and the road… Accessories you need in designs you want – and in colours you love, by Pantone, the author of the universal colour language.
Have a look, and add some colour to your much-needed morning coffee boost.
MapiCases are here!
We’re not just about colour management here at CC. If you haven’t had a look already, check out our Apple Accessories section of the website and you’ll see a host of fancy things for iPhone’s, MacBook’s and iPad’s.
The latest of which comes from the guys at MapiCases.
They produce a range of high-quality, 100% genuine cowhide leather iPad, iPhone, smartphone and e-reader accessories.
The cases themselves are durable, easy to care for and resistant to water and dirt. With age, the look and feel of the cases get better to create a more vintage look.
Let’s have a look at two in particular:
Kolossa is full cover iPad case that allows for multiple positions for comfortable typing, video or watching films. All ports are accessible in the case and a magnetic cover provides a sleep and wake function on compatible iPads.
Alinda is a high-quality 100% leather case for iPhone 5, handcrafted from quality leather with a super-soft lining. The case itself clips onto your belt and rotates 360 degrees for easy access.
To see more of the MapiCases range, click here.
Yesterday we spent a very enjoyable day down at LCE Southampton
It’s always good getting out and about and talking to people face to face. It’s something we enjoy, and without wanting to boast, it’s something we’re very good at. We had a great time talking to you all, and we hope you enjoyed our seminar session in the evening.
As ever though, there was one query that stood out above all others:
“My images look great on screen, but don’t look anything like it when printing out” – or in other words; how can I get my printouts to match my screen?
The answer is calibration – a calibration of both a monitor and printer to be precise.
The device capable of performing both is called the ColorMunki Photo from X-Rite.
Whereas other calibrators will just take care of your screen or projector, the ColorMunki Photo will do your screen as well as any printer(s) you have connected to your laptop, Mac or PC.
Essentially it does the same thing to both devices; namely getting them to display or printout a series of colours for it to measure, compare to what the colour should be and create a profile to compensate for the difference.
Once these profiles are saved and applied to your machine you can start printing with peace of mind what you see on screen is what you’ll see coming out of the printer.
Calibrate your screen once a month and profile your printer for any paper/ink combinations and you’re good to go.
You can learn more about ColorMunki Photo here.