MeasureColor workflows are typically based on jobs and measurements, no matter which module you use.
A MeasureColor ProcessControl job holds all specific job parameters like the color references (solid inks, dotgain, overprint, balance, etc.), measurement conditions, tolerance/scoring conditions, color bar definitions and more.
Because it would be very time consuming to setup all these parameters separately for each job, the job setup procedure makes use of ‘presets’ to help you create jobs with ease. You can create and edit presets to tailor the job setup exactly to your situation.
MeasureColor’s new ‘User profile’ feature let you specify the job setup workflow per user group. Depending on the typical use case Job setup level is selected in your user profile. Each setup level has a different workflow with different functionalities. This new workflow is implemented in the ProcessControl module first and will be extended to other modules in future releases.
This table shows you the differences between the Job setup levels:
A preset works as a template for the job you are creating. A preset can hold parameters for a typical job like the Printing condition, Tolerance set, inks (reference colors), run sequence, color bar and color mapping. Creating proper presets for standard measurement situations help simplify job setup procedures in production dramatically.
Note: As you arrive in the job setup after creating the preset some screens will be shown for a second time. This is the normal intended behaviour as it enables you to check all your setting immediately after creating the preset.
Note: In case a density or a tolerance is set in the preset that is different from the settings in the Color book, the preset's values will override the original Color book settings during Job setup.
The Colors & ink view (3) let you select your ink reference colors AND determine run sequence on press. The advanced workflow allows you to alter the printing condition which determines which color books are shown in the ink selection view (3). To change an ink, click on the dotted icons on the right of each ink. This will open the ink selection view (3a).
From versions 17.1 and later you can select multiple inks from one dialog. It is possible to add all inks from a Color book, or if you wish, add selected inks.
If you want to add all inks from a Color book, which is handy when adding Process Colors:
If you want to add a selection of inks from a Color book:
The Color bar & mapping view allows you to select a color bar to measure and, if needed, change the way how the inks are mapped to each position in the color bar (color mapping). The preview of the color bar in this screen should mimic the color bar in print. If you need to change the position of the inks in the color bar, drag-and-drop (or use the arrow keys on the right) the square elements above the color bar preview section. This will update the preview immediately.
When you’re done with the job setup, it is time to measure the color bar. Calibrate your device and if needed check it’s options. Then measure the color bar. Before you press ‘Finish’, check if the color bar you measured is ok by comparing the measurement with the color bar preview (upper row). If something is seems incorrect (different color bar or it’s color mapping), press the ‘Previous’ button and correct the settings. When the measurement looks OK (lower measurement line resembles the upper preview line), click ‘Finish’ to save the job and measurement to the database and review the results on screen.
In situations where remote printing locations are available in the database an additional pull-down appears in the Job setup screen. This pull-down enables you to prepare Jobs for a remote printing location by selecting one from the list.
After selecting the remote Printing location only machines that are linked to that printing location are available in the Machine selection pull-down. In the last stage of making the Job remember to change the [Next] button to [Finish] to bypass the first measurement screen.
From version 18.1 and later MeasureColor you can select whether or not you want MeasureColor to adopt the aim densities of the job to the best match density as found by our ChromaTrack algorithm.
After a single measurement a dialog will show the advised density values for your best delta-E match.
By clicking [→] (Save) MeasureColor will replace the density values. Every time MeasureColor discovers a drift from best match Delta-E this dialog will help you to correct it immediately.
When auto-export is enabled from the wrench tool, each time the Automatic Chromatrack changes the target densities the user will be asked to re-export the measurement. If you are using a closed-loop system it is advised to re-export, as the original export does not yet contain the new density targets.