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The following are new activities that need to be added to the Activity guide:

Activity 1: Import and use a Harmony plate curve

  1. Open ColorFlow and click on Plate Curves tab
  2. Tip open Harmony Curves pane at bottom
  3. Press Import... button and open " CF-AG01_Harmony_Plate_Curves.hmy " (supplied file)
  4. Select all four curves in the Import Dialog and press OK.
  5. Check the Show in Prinergy Plate Curves checkbox for the two DERIVED curves.
  6. Open up the Virtual Proof.LoosePage process template in Prinergy Workshop, select ColorFlow Current State as the Calibration Curve Source under Calibration & Screening, and confirm that you can see the two imported Plate curves in the Plate Curve drop-down menu.
  7. In Prinergy, create a new Job called XX CF Activity 01 (where XX = your initials) and refine Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf (supplied file) with 1stRef-Normz. Output the tint ramp using Virtual Proof.LoosePage with one of the plate curves you just imported. Measure the 50% black patch in VPS to confirm that the Plate Calibration Curve has been applied. 

Activity 2: Update a Harmony plate curve

  1. Select the PLATE XL Euclidean 150 TRANSFER curve imported in Activity 1.
  2. Note that the Copy to Calibration Curve... button under the curves list box does not become active. This is because you cannot edit an imported Transfer Curve. (John F. one more time, can you tell me the logic for this? To be changed? Changed for drop 2?)
  3. Select the PLATE XL Euclidean 150 DERIVED curve imported in Activity 1. and press the Copy to Calibration Curve... button.
  4.   Define a New Plate Curve setup, including device type, plate type, screening, plate line and press OK . You must select a unique set of parameters for each new Plate Curve. Click the Edit (pencil) icon to add new items.
  5. Note the original imported Harmony Plate Curve is now unchecked and the newly-created Plate Curve is now checked to Show in Prinergy Plate Curves .
  6. In Prinergy, output an uncalibrated plate containing a plate calibration target and measure the plate response for each tint value.
  7. In ColorFlow, select the copied Calibration Curve and replace the Dot Area values for each Tint In value in the Measured Plate Response area in the right panel. (You can use TInt Set... to create a list of only the values you typically measure.)
  8. Edit the default Plate Curve Name, if desired.
  9. Make sure Use Current State for Approved Snapshot is checked.
  10. Click the Plate Response... button to display a graph of the measured values.
  11. Click the Plate Curve... button to display a graph of the calibration values that will be applied in Prinergy.
  12. In Prinergy, output Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf  in the activity 01 job with with Virtual Proof.LoosePage using the plate curve you just updated. Measure the 50% black patch in VPS to confirm that the Plate Calibration Curve has been applied. 

Activity 3: Create a new plate calibration curve

  1. Create a new Plate Calibration curve by clicking on the + button under Plate Calibration Curves.
  2. Define a new plate curve including device type, plate type, screening, plate line
  3. Edit the default Plate Curve Name, if desired.
  4. In Prinergy, output an uncalibrated plate with a Kodak plate control strip (or Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf)
  5. In ColorFlow, select the Calibration Curve and enter the measured Dot Area values for each Tint In value. (You can use TInt Set... to create a list of only the values you measure.)
  6. Check Use Current State for Approved Snapshot and Show curve in Prinergy for the new curve.
  7. In Prinergy, output the plate control strip or  Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf with the new calibration curve and measure to confirm the calibration has been applied.

Activity 4: Import and use a Harmony print curve

  1. Open ColorFlow and click on the Print Curves tab
  2. Tip open the Harmony Curves pane at bottom
  3. Press Import... button and open "CF-AG04_Harmony_Print_Curves.hmy" (supplied file)
  4. Select all four curves in the Import Dialog and press OK.
  5. Check the Show in Prinergy Plate Curves checkbox for the four imported PRINT curves.
  6. Open up the Virtual Proof.LoosePage process template in Prinergy Workshop, select ColorFlow Current State as the Calibration Curve Source under Calibration & Screening, and confirm that you can see the four imported Print curves in the Print Curve drop-down menu.
  7. In Prinergy, create a new Job called "XX" CF Activity 04 (XX = your initials) and refine Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf (supplied file) with 1stRef-Normz. Output the tine ramp using Virtual Proof.LoosePage and the PRINT Press A CS1 SWOP 175L print curve. Measure the 50% black patch in VPS to confirm the Print Calibration Curve has been applied. (The patch should measure 52.8%.)

Activity 5: Update a Harmony transfer curve 

  1. Select the PRINT Press A CS1 SWOP 175L print curve under Harmony curves and press the Copy to Transfer Curve... button (you could also just drag and drop the imported Harmony curve into the Transfer Curves list area.)
  2. Press OK in the Transfer Curve Activation dialog, to acknowledge that the new Transfer curve will be activated for Prinergy and the original Harmony curve will be deactivated.    
  3. In the Transfer Curve Properties dialog that appears, define specific Device Condition parameters or leave the default settings of Any for Screening and Substrate, and None for Other. For this activity, choose 175 Elliptical for Screening and Type 1 or 2 (coated art) for Substrate (you may have to use the edit button to create a new Screening parameter.) Don't add any spot inks.
  4. Select the curve and press the <curves icon> button in the curve object (John Fowler better term?) in the panel on the right to open the Transfer Curve Adjustments dialog.
  5. With the K curve selected, click in the entry box under the 50% adjustment slider and enter 5. Note that the other adjustment slider values have also been adjusted to smooth out the resulting curve. Click OK to apply the adjustment and return to the Print Curves tab.  
  6. You can also optionally press the Transfer Curves... button to preview the Transfer Curves and directly edit Tint Out values. If you do this, you must first click on a curve or enter a value in the Tint In entry box, in order to be able to specify a desired Tint Out value. Press Close without making any changes. (If you accidentally made changes here, hit Close and then Cancel in the main Transfer Curve Adjustments... to make sure the changes are not applied.    
  7. In Prinergy, output Chart_TintRamp_CMYK.pdf in  your Activity 04 job using Virtual Proof.LoosePage and the edited transfer curve you just created from the original Harmony curve. Note that the new curve should be selected to Show in Prinergy and the default name should be 175 Elliptical, Type 1 or 2 (coated art) 170 g/m2.  After output, measure the 50% black patch in VPS to confirm the new Transfer Curve has been applied. (The patch should measure 57.7%.)

Activity 6: Add a Harmony spot ink curve to a transfer curve

  1. Select the Harmony Spot Curve
  2. Drag the curve to the curve you created in Activity 5 

Activity 7: Make a new print transfer curve 

  1. Add a new print transfer curve
  2. Define the device condition
  3. Add a custom spot ink
  4. Define the transfer curve
  5. Show in Prinergy
  6. Select the curve in Prinergy
  7. Edit the curve 

Activity 8: Make a new print transfer curve for Kodak Flexcel NX plate 

  1. Add a new print transfer curve
  2. While define the device condition, add a custom spot ink
  3. Define the transfer curve with Flexcel NX settings
  4. Show in Prinergy
  5. Select the curve in Prinergy
  6. Edit the curve 

Activity 9: Make a new print calibration curve for tonal match

  1. Add a new print calibration curve
  2. Create a tint ramp chart and export
  3. Output tint ramp chart from Prinergy 
  4. Measure or enter value
  5. Define the Process Inks conversion (target and method)
  6. Show in Prinergy
  7. Select the curve in Prinergy
  8. Edit the curve 

Activity 10: Make a new print calibration curve for grey balance

  1. Add a new print calibration curve
  2. Download a P2P25 chart from  http://www.idealliance.org/downloads/p2p25xa-g7-calibration-target
  3. Output the P2P25 chart from Prinergy
  4. Measure the chart in ColorFlow
  5. Generate a print characterization report
  6. Add a new target (CMYK reference device condition)
  7. Show in Prinergy
  8. Select the curve in Prinergy
  9. Edit the curve  

Activity 11: Add a spot ink to a print calibration curve

  1. Add a spot ink to the device condition
  2. Create the tint ramp chart with spot ink
  3. Measure or enter the value
  4. Define the Spot Inks conversion
  5. Edit the spot ink curve

Activity 12: Verify the calibration print response (using Verification report)

  1. Generate a print comparation report using predicted response
  2. Output the P2P25 chart from Prinergy that you used to measure the response (with calibration)
  3. Measure the chart and generate a print comparation report using measured response

 

The following are activities in the current guide that need to be updated:

Activity 1 (13): Use ColorFlow to define an industry specification for use in Refine

  1. Set up a CMYK Reference device as the PCO 
  2. Define an industry specification as its device condition
  3. Refine a page in Prinergy Connect Workflow software using a color setup

Activity 2: Using ColorFlow to print like you did using existing profiles and Harmony curves 

  1. Export a transfer curve from Harmony software
  2. In ColorFlow software, configure the transfer curve 
  3. Use your new Color Setup to refine and output a page in Prinergy Connect Workflow software 

Activity 3 (14): Use ColorFlow to aim a press to an industry specification

  1. Create a new color setup for a single press device condition aimed to an industry specification
  2. Characterize a press via color charts (Prinergy Connect Workflow) 
  3. Print and measure sample sheets for the color chart 
  4. Complete the color setup
  5. Use your new color setup to refine and output a page in Prinergy Connect Workflow 

Activity 4: Use ColorFlow tonal curves to align a press to an industry standard 

  1. Create a color setup with a PCO defined by a press aligned with an industry standard
  2. Characterize a press via tonal charts (Prinergy Connect Workflow) 
  3. Print and measure sample sheets for the tonal chart 
  4. Import profile data and define the simulation
  5. Refine and output a file in Prinergy Connect Workflow software 

Activity 5: Enter tint ramp data to characterize a press aligned with an industry standard

  1. Create a color setup with a press device condition aimed at an industry standard 
  2. Characterize a press via tint ramp charts (Prinergy Connect Workflow)
  3. Print and measure sample sheets for the tint ramp chart 
  4. Import profile data, and define the simulation
  5. Refine and output a file in Prinergy Connect Workflow software 

Activity 6 (15): Use ColorFlow to align a proofer with a press

  1. Add an SCO to a color setup that already has a PCO defined 

Activity 7: Change the simulation target of a color setup 

  1. Duplicate an existing color setup, and change the simulation target 

Activity 8 (16): Create a press pool

  1. Set up several devices in the PCO or SCO

Activity 9: Align an FM device condition with an AM device condition

  1. Align an FM device condition to an AM device condition 

Activity 10: Use ColorFlow Flexcel NX preset device curves to adjust the tonal response of a flexographic press

  1. Create a new color setup for a single flexographic press device condition 
  2. Refine and output a file in Prinergy Connect Workflow software

Activity 11: Use ColorFlow to create a bump curve and align a flexographic press with tonal curves to an industry standard 

  1. Create a new color setup for a single flexographic press device condition with LAMS plate 
  2. Characterize the flexographic press print condition via the ColorFlow tint ramp chart (Prinergy Connect Workflow) 
  3. Print and measure sample sheets for the tint ramp chart 
  4. Define the simulation target, import profile data, and capture a snapshot
  5. Refine and output a file in Prinergy Connect Workflow software 

 

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