Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced the availability of advancements in its latest version of Fiery Color Profiler Suite-integrated color management software. Next-generation EFI Fiery Edge color profiling technology launching in the suite delivers color improvements in new Fiery digital front ends (DFEs). Plus, a host of new controls within Fiery Color Profiler Suite.
Fiery Edge profiles are available for selected new cut-sheet digital printers, as well as for many wide- and superwide-format printers that use EFI Fiery DFEs.
A key element of the new Fiery Edge technology is the ability to control or manually select a black point that matches the intent of the item being printed. This maximizes the dynamic range of a print when the darkest printable color is not a neutral black, according to EFI. Users can also control shadow detail levels to represent a product’s or a subject’s characteristics.
Fiery Edge also gives print professionals the ability to define color-to-black transitions for reduced image peppering, graininess, and smoother transitions.
Prior to using Fiery Edge, Himanshu Pandey, owner of New Delhi-based Avantika Printers Pvt. Ltd., was unable to compete in that segment with his current printers. “The colors were not vibrant enough and the tonal values were not stable enough,” according to Pandey. “The color control provided by Fiery Edge technology allowed us to use our printers to print photobooks containing various images of people and places. Fiery Edge literally opened the photo segment for us!”
“Fiery Edge color profiling technology brings all the excellent results and controls to my Fiery cut-sheet printer customers that I’ve been relying on for several years to keep my Fiery wide-format inkjet customers happy,” said Rob Cawston, owner of Colour Consultancy Ltd. in Nottingham, England. “The smoothness of blends and extra image detail are the things that stood out as benefits of Fiery Edge just by using the default profiles and settings.
“I particularly like the new rendering intent option,” he added. “No more lengthy profile tweaking for customers that want more pop. Having all this control for toner now too is very welcome.”
“Getting the best color and quality from any printer should be the goal for all print producers,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “Whether it is taking advantage of the maximum gamut of a printer to give prints more color, getting the most detail available to show a product at its best, or producing the smoothest color transitions for photo-realistic images, these new capabilities will help print producers achieve the best results their print devices are capable of, therefore getting the most from their color investments.”
Fiery Edge technology brings the ability to boost color with Fiery Intensify – a new rendering intent innovation that can increase color and saturation while maintaining neutral grays and realistic skin tones. The new feature, which is part of Fiery Color Profiler Suite version 5.2, improves color while at the same time maintaining balanced visual results, according to EFI. This enables control of chroma, lightness and contrast levels, it also allows users to select the correct source profile for an output device’s gamut and dynamic range.
Fiery Edge technology also supports up to eight color channels (CMYK+ 4 extra colors).
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