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To all our creative Color Confidence followers!

18 Feb

Introducing a brand new up to date version of the Pantone Capsure and FHI Color Guide bundle. Treat yourself, your office and your clients to a Pantone Capsure and FHI Color Guide for the chance to accurately measure colours wherever you are, and refer back to all the Fashion and Home set of Pantone colours. This post will explain all the features of the Pantone Capsure and FHI guide and explain how beneficial this bundle can be for you.pant180

The Pantone Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately capture colour from any surface and match it to the closest official Pantone colour. The Capsure is loaded with over 8,000 colours from 8 different colour guides and the colours you capture can be directly matched to any of these guides for prime accuracy. The Capsure is ideal for fashion, interiors and all creative industries, allowing creatives to use the Capsure portably to match any surface to a Pantone colour, create colour palettes or descriptive mood boards for any project. The screen on the Capsure is 1.75 inch and has a variety of settings, along with providing the page number, sRGB and HTML values, and mixing recipes for the fan guides you choose to correspond the colour you’re matching to. The Capsure uses camera technology to pick up not only spot colours, but also patterns and textures and often provide you with two Pantone matches from one colour swatch. The Pantone Capsure comes with Color Manager software. This allows you to import your colours to the software and create colour ways and palettes. Palettes can be fully integrated and exported quickly and efficiently to Photoshop, Illustrator etc.

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The new Pantone FHI Guide gives you 2,100 fashion and home colours on paper in compact and highly portable fan deck. This resource inspires easy colour selection and specification and allows you to communicate your colour choices and ideas with anyone, anywhere.  Each colour swatch has a name and numerical reference. This identification allows for quick decisions and easy referencing which makes it the ideal tool for activities such as client meetings, on site reviews and sample shopping. When using the FHI colour guide, you will have accurate and consistent colour selection on the move.

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Purchasing the Pantone Capsure & FHI Guide will give you the best opportunity to capture your colour and instantly reference it to your fashion and home guide, giving yourself, your customer and your office the best chance for accurate colour management and specification on any project you are working on.

Color Confidence presents this new product bundle to our followers at a brand new, lower than ever price of £499.00!

To read more about this bundle, click here to be taken to the product page:

http://shop.colourconfidence.com/product.php?xProd=5108

Epson microsite launched for all things photo printing

14 Aug

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;

www.epson.colorconfidence.com

Come and see us 12/06/13

4 Jun

Color Confidence Drop-in day 12h June

Drop-in day 12th 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.

Register now

TIPA Award-winning Optics Pro 8

23 May

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 Optics Pro

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.

There’s a Pantone universe out there

17 May

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.

Pantone Universe

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.

Introducing the latest in Apple cases

10 May

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:

MapiCases Kolossa

KolossaKolossa 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.

MapiCases Alinda

AlindaAlinda 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.

The common question…

19 Apr

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.

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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.

Easy.

You can learn more about ColorMunki Photo here.

Colour management – a refresher

12 Apr

With spring being the time to dust away the cobwebs…

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… we thought we’d do a refresher post about colour management as a whole.

Last week we blogged about the apparent arrival of spring, and a couple of products that would benefit photographers during this time of year. This week we’re going to take a step back and refresh everyone on what colour management actually is, and why it’s important.

What is colour management?

In a nutshell, colour management is the process that helps you keep colour accurate and consistent throughout your workflow. This could be from image capture, to viewing an image on-screen, to printing something out on your printer.

There are numerous solutions and devices out there that help you achieve this accuracy, the process of which is often referred to as ‘calibrating’ or ‘profiling’ your gear. Typically, you can profile your monitor, camera and printer (as eluded to above) to display or process colours as accurately as possible. There are a range of products out there that do this to suit a specific requirement or budget.

Why is it important?

Accuracy is the key word (hence the repetition in the section above!). You want to know what you’re seeing on screen, capturing on your camera or printing out is as true-to-life as possible, especially if your livelihood or reputation depends on it. Effective colour management will help you do this.

No two devices will display colour exactly the same way. Every device will have it’s own colour range or gamut. Even two monitors of the same model and brand can display colour differently. By implementing colour management you can keep colour consistent from device to device, and as accurate as possible within its capabilities.

We’ve blogged specifically about colour management themes before. You can read back through our posts here.

You’ll soon question once you start doing ‘colour management’ how you ever lived without it in the first place!

Spring is here!

5 Apr

Apparently.

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Despite being April, you’d think we’re still in the middle of January with the cold wind and patches of snow we still have on the car park.

Nevertheless, we thought now would be a good time to run through a couple of products a photographer will find useful for the longer daytime hours and sunshine (fingers crossed).

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

An essential accessory for any photographer. ColorChecker Passport features a series of colour targets to ensure you can ‘calibrate’ your camera in all environments and conditions. Just make sure the first photo of your shoot includes the Passport, and then use the included software (or Photoshop) to correct your images using the Passport’s standardised references post shoot.

Key feature: portability

X-Rite ColorMunki Display & i1Display Pro 

Calibrating your screen is the one thing above all else we recommend you do. One useful feature of these calibrators – and relevant to longer daylight hours in spring – is an ambient light measurement capability. You can get your screen automatically adjusted to the lighting conditions you work in as they change. This means you can be sure your screen is accurate regardless of where the sun is in the sky and how much light is coming through your window.

Key feature(s): speed of calibration, regular lighting condition adjustments

Booq Toploader

With spring in the air the likelihood of nipping out to take a few pictures increases. Get yourself a booq Toploader camera bag to ‘nip out’ in style, and be assured your DSLR is protected against the elements. There’s enough room for a DSLR and lens (plus lens caps, memory cards etc.) so you’ll only take what you need when spontaneity strikes.

Key feature: compact, minimalist toughness

Franzis HDR (editing coolness)

Once you’ve been out and about, edit your RAW or JPG pictures with the latest HDR effects from Franzis software. Add filters, enhance and correct your images and create original effects to add some extra impact.

Key feature: bracketing feature to work on multiple images simultaneously

No more boxed Nik Software – what do we get now?

22 Mar

With Nik Software going to download only, what are your choices if you still want boxed photo editing solutions?

(p.s. desktop Snapseed is also going too).

These three are your most comparable matches:

onOne Software

See: Perfect Photo Suite 7 – probably the closest comparison to ‘Complete Collection’ with some arguably more intuitive and useful features.

Perfect Photo Suite 7 includes the entire onOne range from black & white and filter effects to image resizing and layers. With a seamless integration into Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, or as a standalone product in its own right, onOne is a very good accompaniment to any image editing photographer. Good for RAW and JPG images too.

Star feature: Paint-in brush tool to work on specific areas of an image

DxO Labs

See: Optics Pro 8 Elite

Software that works in harmony with your camera and lens combination(s) to provide automatic image corrections. Optics Pro is an excellent combination of precision image correction (RAW and JPG) and creative effects. Sophistication meets creativity with very satisfying results.

Star feature: Downloadable corrections for a specific camera and lenses

Franzis HDR

See: Franzis Projects Platinum

The most natural ‘replacement’ for Nik HDR Efex Pro, Projects Platinum offers the latest in High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing. You can apply effects to a single image, or upload your RAW camera bracketing directly for tailored effects and editing. Preset effects give you a good base which can be customised and saved to suit your needs.

Star feature: The automatic ghosting removal feature is a huge benefit when working on bracketing images

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