Why G7+™ for Printers?

G7+ is an expanded specification that augments classic G7® with new logic, algorithms, and features, but with a similar overall appearance. G7+ is designed to work equally well with all printing technologies and offers increased value and effectiveness for a wider range of markets and applications while preserving the value of existing G7 workflows. G7+ maintains the features, benefits, and general appearance of G7 but with more accurate gray balance, improved tonality, and better performance in unusual printing conditions.

G7+ enhances the legacy G7 methodology, which now serves as the baseline for several widely adopted print and color global standards, to provide optimal color alignment across traditional commercial print, packaging, and new digital print technology and workflows for consistency across all print production processes. Since its introduction in 2005, G7 has revolutionized the ease, quality, and efficiency of most 4-color printing methods, including offset, flexo, toner, and gravure. 

G7+ Benefits

  • Provide a consistent neutral print density across print production, including low dynamic range systems like textiles, newsprint, and industrial printing.
  • Provide precise ICC profile accuracy, including high-density print technologies and richly saturated colors such as in inkjet printing.
  • Target SCCA (Substrate-Corrected-Colorimetric Aims) for gray balance compliance across a wide range of paper and substrate types, and white points.

What Types of Printing Will See the Most Improvement With G7+?

While G7+ benefits virtually all CMYK printing across commercial print, packaging, wide format, and other graphic technology, G7+’s new gray balance and tonality are optimized for modern print.

  • Users of very high-density ink-jet printers with six or more inks should see smoother tonality in highly saturated colors, where G7 calibration can lead to undesirable contrast or banding. This improvement will result in more accurate ICC profiles and more photo-realistic images without color management.
  • Similar benefits should be seen by printers who use thin or absorbent substrates, such as web offset and textiles, where gray balance and tonality in dark shadows are typically unstable or muddy. Low-density printing applications should also notice slightly lighter and more pleasing tonality, especially in flesh tones.

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