With over 40 years experience in photography, design, prepress, printing, and color science, Don Hutcheson has pioneered many techniques we now take for granted, like RGB workflows, soft proofing, extended-gamut printing, and digital proofing. In 1995 he started the world’s first color management consultancy, HutchColor, LLC, to bring the concept of ICC color management to professional graphic users.
Today he continues to train the world’s top printers, publishers, agencies, photographers, and designers through private consulting and public conferences. In 2006 as chair of the IDEAlliance GRACoL committee, Don used his own Proof-to-Press calibration method (now known as “G7®”) to produce the current GRACoL and SWOP data sets. Since then G7 has made standardized printing and proofing easier and more accessible to thousands of printers and print buyers world-wide.
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Color Management Fundamentals
The goal of color management is to obtain the best possible color match from creation to output, but the topic can be intimidating if you don’t know how all the pieces come together. The good news is that color management is based on amazingly simple principles that anyone can understand, regardless of their technical knowledge. Don Hutcheson, color management pioneer and inventor of the G7® methodology will present the Color Management Fundamentals pre-conference session—free to all attendees—to clarify the basic principles and workflows of color management and help you set realistic expectations. This complete introduction will benefit the novice who wants to get up to speed quickly or anyone who wants a thorough refresher. Come out of this session armed with the knowledge to take full advantage of the sessions at COLOR22!
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
The Perfect Color: What’s Possible and What’s Not?
You want your design to print as accurately as possible, but absolute perfection is elusive (if not impossible) in mass-quantity printing. Variations during a pressrun—and between runs—WILL HAPPEN! And the color you approved on a hard or soft proof, or at a press check may vary during a long pressrun, not to mention differences due to substrate color and OBAs. For these and other reasons, your expectations for consistency may not match the capabilities or variation of a specific printing system. The bottom line is that even the best printer cannot guarantee “perfection”, yet their work may be more than “good enough”. This session will guide you through examples of what’s reasonable or possible—and what’s not—in your quest for color perfection.