Hi all. This is going to be a long winded question and I apologize for that up front. If your time is limited move on and I will hope for someone who can read through it all.
I work in a commercial print shop. In 2011, we changed our workflow around with the help of Kodak and their color experts. Out goal was to become G-7 certified and to be able to create new curves as we might need.
Here is what we did. Targets were printed linear, these were read and put into a software like Curve (we purchased Curve 2 and this is what we use if we need to create new curves). This software generated our G-7 curves, which went into our workflow.
As part of the package we purchased KPS and ColorFlow (the latter was used to create profiles and DVLs that the KPS station used to create proofs to match the press (or perhaps I should say the other way around).
Anyway, we got certified back then and things worked fairly well. New owners and new management now. I am having long conversations about color management with new manager and how he sees dealing with G-7 is different than how I implemented it with the help of Kodak.
My actual question now. In ColorFlow when I create my .dvl and .icc files to use inside of KPS, based upon how Kodak helped set things up, my PCO (primary color output device condition, or target) is a printed set of targets, printed and read within ColorFlow. These were created like this. First, a set of plates were made that were linear and printed, dropped into Curve 2 to create the correct G-7 curves, replated with the curves applied and then that final set of targets is the PCO.
The question I am being asked now, is why isn’t my target merely GRACoL7 instead? I have no answer for this.
If anyone can figure out all of this and help me get a better understanding for a solid answer I would really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the length.