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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

Exclusive Pantone Offer

8 Jan

A great new year offer for our Color Confidence followers. Treat your office to a fresh, up to date set of Pantone Plus guides in a convenient carry case. You will receive a 20% discount off the Pantone Plus Essentials, or the Pantone Portable Guide Studio. Alongside this special deal, we will also add a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator that can be used for both home and office use giving you the confidence to viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

What’s more, with this special deal, we will also give you a free ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator for both home and office use, giving you the happiness and confidence of viewing those holiday photographs, doing your online shopping and even some work, on an accurately calibrated screen.

So, you might be wondering what the difference is between a Pantone Plus Essentials and Pantone Portable Guide Studio and how this will help you and your office achieve the best work you possibly can. Well, with either of these Pantone bundles, you are giving yourself and your co-workers the best for selecting, specifying and communicating colour effectively and accurately in industry.

The guides contain all 1,677 Pantone Plus Series Solid spot colours, also the closest equivalent CMYK colours, and a further 2,868 CMYK colour variations, an essential set of colour guides when designing and communicating with clients in colour. These guides are all accurately reproduced on both coated and uncoated media.

The Pantone Plus Essentials contains the following six Pantone Plus graphics guides:

Pantone Plus Formula Guides contain all 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours with their mixing recipes, printed on both coated and uncoated paper.

Pantone Plus ColorBridge are essential for designers. All 1,677 of the Pantone spot colours alongside their closest CMYK equivalent. Each swatch includes the sRGB and HTML value for each colour printed on both coated and uncoated media.

Pantone Plus CMYK Guides contain an extended range of an additional 2,868 colours in process CMYK printed on coated and uncoated media.

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The Portable Guide Studio offers the complete selection of all Pantone Plus Series Guides. It comprises all six of the Pantone Essentials guides and also includes an additional three fan guides: Metallics, Premium Metallics and Pastel and Neon guides. With these three extra guides, you are expanding your colour palette and ensuring you have as many options as possible when creating your work. In the Portable Guide Studio you will have more than 9,000 market-proven colours allowing you and your office to communicate effectively throughout your industry.

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Along with all this, your free ColorMunki Smile is an easy to use monitor calibrator. It doesn’t require the user to have any colour science knowledge and is able to calibrate any LCD or LED display (laptop or desktop).  It will provide you with a before and after image to show how effective and necessary an accurately colour calibrated monitor can be. The ColorMunki Smile is very quick, and is a great gadget to use at home and in the workplace.

This offer will be ending on 31st January 2014, or until stock lasts.

The Color Confidence Team

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

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.

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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.

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!

It’s Focus time!

22 Feb

Only one week (and a bit) to go…

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… until Europe’s largest photographic and imaging show Focus On Imaging will open its doors.

So who wants to know what we’re up to then?

Over the year’s both the company and our stand evolve and grow with new colour management solutions, and this year is now exception. Focus gives us a unique opportunity to talk to our customers in-person; getting to know them, what camera they use, what they like shooting, and more importantly, what challenges they’re currently facing with their current workflow. After all, we’re here to help!

So if you have a burning colour management issue you need resolving, come and see us at the show.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got on:

  • Expert demonstrations and profiling solutions from market leaders X-Rite – come and see the new ColorMunki Smile in action
  • This year we have a dedicated NEC Monitor wall with NEC technical staff on stand to guide you through which monitor is best for you
  • Our ever-popular Tecco stand has been given an overhaul so you can see just how good Tecco paper really is in the flesh
  • We will be officially launching two all-new software brands to the UK; DxO Image Science and Franzis HDR (we’ve been playing with them this week, they really are something to get excited about!) – both of which are perfectly placed to fill the hole left by Nik Software’s move to Google
  • We’ve scheduled an even better presentation timetable this year having been inundated with attendees and last year’s show, details can be found here
  • Our technical team, as well as brand experts from NEC, X-Rite, Tecco, DxO, Franzis, and many more will be on-hand throughout the show to give live demonstrations and answer your questions

Full details can be found on our Focus microsite, and if you want a flavour of previous shows, you can read our blog posts from the last two shows here.

We’re quite excited about this year – we hope you come and see us!

P.S.

If you pre-register for the show you can save yourself 20% off the normal admission fee. Details here.

The complete colour management service

1 Feb

Colour Management at your service.

After last weeks winter wonderland post we thought we might be sharing some more snowy pictures of our car park with you today. (Luckily) we haven’t had any, so we’re looking much greener this week, which is nice.

In this post we’re going to talk to you about our Services and training and consultancy options; something which not everyone knows we do, but we’re very proud of.

We want to make colour management as accessible as possible. Professionals or ogranisations dealing with more complex issues could benefit from our more in-depth knowledge, with over twenty years of experience to back this up.

We are one of only a few certified EFI-fogra DealerCert resellers, meaning we can offer professional, accredited installation and maintenance of the EFI ColorProof XF Systems – a guarantee of high-quality proofs produced to the internationally recognised ISO 12647 standard. You can read more about this here.

We can do both full and half-day training packages tailored to your specific requirements, covering a vast array of colour management topics from Installing and setting up your printer correctly to making sure your complete colour workflow is as accurate as possible from image capture to print output.

So if you’ve got any colour management queries, get in touch or comment below and we’ll do our best to help.

Christmas gifts for photographers…

7 Dec

Following the launch of our Christmas Shop last week…

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… we’ll be looking more closely at our Gifts for Photographers section which lists a selection of gift ideas suited to the photographer in the family, or for yourself if you’re feeling a bit indulgent! And to further tempt you, each of the products in this section come with a free Agfa Memory Card ranging from 4 – 8GB depending on the product, allowing you to capture those festive images.

Here’s a selection of the products on offer, all of which some with a free 4 GB memory card:

X-Rite ColorMunki Smile (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • The amazingly simple monitor calibrator
  • Perfect for those new to colour management or colour science
  • Calibrates multiple displays
  • User-friendly, plug and play interface
  • Gives you a colour accurate screen in minutes to view and edit images in confidence

Color Confidence GrafiLite (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Desktop daylight simulation
  • Produces a standardised light source for accurate image assessment
  • Powerful, energy efficient bulb rated for 10,000 hours
  • Comes with a neutral grey viewing mat
  • View proofs, printouts or images under accurate lighting conditions

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Standalone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution
  • A must have accessory for any serious photographer
  • Includes an industry standard, 24 patch classic colour reference
  • White balance target for accurate image control
  • Includes image editing software

Booq Python Toploader Camera Bag (with free 4GB SD Card)

  • Designed to carry DSLR and lenses
  • Contemporary, minimalist and practical
  • Shoulder bag
  • Tough, rugged, padded and stylish
  • Storage for flash cards, batteries, cables and phones

Browse the rest of our shop and find yourself a Christmas gift from the colour management world.

Color Confidence November 2012 update

16 Nov Eizo ColorEdge CX240

Welcome to our November update where we review specific news and new products for the month

Eizo launch new ColorEdge CX240Eizo ColorEdge CX240

A new, versatile ColorEdge monitor from Eizo is now available. The CX240 is an ideal display for photographers and graphic art professionals with its wide colour gamut and uniform display brightness from corner to corner. It’s a 24″ monitor, covers 97% of Adobe RGB, and has a built-in self-correction sensor to keep your screen as colour accurate as possible (although, it will still greatly benefit from the addition of a monitor calibrator).

Learn more about this display here.

Get leading standardised lighting technology with Just Normlicht

Just Normlicht are world-renowned produces of controlled, standardised lighting solutions. By ‘standardised lighting’, we mean a light source that replicates natural lighting conditions, normally coming in the form or 5,000 kelvin (D50) or 6,500 kelvin (D65) temperatures. New in for November, Just Normlicht have launched 4 new desktop viewing booths for the accurate assessment of proofs and colour.

The colorFrame series offer space-saving desktop booths available in two sizes: 46 x 34 cm illumination area and 64 x 40 cm illumination area. These are also available as dimmer switch versions for greater control over the lighting.

For more information about these, and for controlled lighting in general, click here.

Nik Software acquired by Google

Big news confirmation for November. As you may be aware, Nik was acquired by Google in September. As a result, we will no longer be distributing boxed products, and once our stocks are depleted, only electronic downloads will be available direct from www.niksoftware.com

So if you prefer having boxed software – act now to avoid disappointment and get your copy while stocks last!

Get your free Tangerine Tango iPhone 4/4S case!

While stocks last, claim your free iPhone 4/4S case in Tangerine Tango (Pantone colour of the year 2012) with every Pantone Capsure order. The Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately match colour to almost any surface, meaning you can take inspiration from almost anything.

Learn more about it here.

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