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New standards and advancements in technologies and methodologies has brought soft proofing to new level of quality capabilities and demands the industry take a renewed look in adopting soft proofing in today’s print production workflows. Soft proofing systems are utilized for previewing color accuracy during prepress operations and for color verification during print manufacturing. An initial certification program was developed by Idealliance in 2006, with nearly two dozen proofing systems certified. The following factors have prompted the development of a revised Soft Proofing System Certification Program:
- Improvements in display and measurement technology,
- New standards defining requirements for soft proofing equipment and systems,
- Requests by users for testing and validating technologies to new standards, and
- Desire by vendors for unbiased assessment of their latest systems.
What We Certify
- A soft proofing system consists of a display, software, measurement equipment and a host computer that adjusts incoming data such that a displayed image simulates the appearance of a hard copy proof calibrated to a chosen reference print characterization and viewed under standard lighting. Soft proofing systems are evaluated based on requirements specified in ISO 14861.
- A display is an LCD flat panel device with fluorescent or LED backlight, a screen resolution of 90 pixels per inch or more, a screen size capable of previewing intended content at full scale, and a gamut that encases the intended reference print condition. Displays are evaluated based on requirements specified in ISO 12646.
What We Certify To
- The default reference print characterization to be used for soft proofing system evaluation will be GRACoL 2013 for which characterization data and ICC profile are available on the Idealliance web site. An alternative reference print characterization such as SWOP may be chosen for evaluation, or evaluated additionally.
- Standard lighting refers to viewing environments that conform to ISO 3664.
- At Applicants’ request, a system may be tested for accurate simulation of spot colors. A spot color PDF/X test file containing a selection of spot colors from the Pantone Solid Coated library is available from Idealliance. The test will verify the capability to process spot color information and accurately display the in-gamut colors. The system should provide a gamut warning for spot colors that lie outside the display gamut.