In this module you can set up a color bar. There are basically two kinds of color bars. The ones with ink zones and the ones without. Because defining a color bar with ink zones has no added value for this manual, we will be defining a color strip without ink zones. Of course we will also show you how to work with ink zones!
You need to have a custom color bar! You can have a physical, printed color bar, it can be a digital version in any kind of file format; it can be almost anything.
In this case we will be looking at defining the ECI GrayCon bar (Mi1, FOGRA39). Navigate to the modules overview and click on ‘Color bar Editor’. At the right bottom side of the color bar window, you will find one active button: ‘Add’ (if you first select a color bar from the list, all buttons will become active).
Click on the ‘Add’ button to start the wizard for defining a custom color bar. The following window will need some basic information and physical dimensions. This is needed for alignment.
Note: Using an Intellitracks spectral measurement device, setting the proper patch height and width is of up most importance!
For the patch dimensions, you can simply get a ruler and measure the height and width in millimeters.Because we are copying the ECI GrayCon, we know that it is a single row of patches. There are no repeats in the strip.
When all done, click ‘Next’. This will take you to a seemingly complicated screen with lots of buttons, but after this chapter, you will master even this part of the MeasureColor system. It is by far not as complicated as it might look!
The color strip editor lets you define any color strip you would want to define. You can make use of the predefined patches in the color channels or use the buttons below the channels to set paper white, balance, overprint and custom patches. By clicking on a button, you add this patch to the color strip.
It really only takes one click to add an ink zone to a color strip. Because the checkbox is activated, a new ink zone will appear behind the position where the arrow is displayed. Using the bi-arrowed buttons on the right side of ‘Shift ink zones’, you are able to set the right ink zones, in case not all ink zones are used. Shifting ink zones only works when the color strip contains more than one ink zone. The ‘Repeat zone’ button does nothing more than copy the active ink zone.
At the bottom of the Color strip editor, you find a few special, predefined patches. These patches need to be explained because of the dropdown abbreviations. Each abbreviation stands for a different way of calculating balance.
|short code||Name||high light(BH)||mid tone(BM)||shadow(BS)|