G7 Certification

Hawk Graphics has completed the extensive G7 certification so that they can provide an optimal user experience to their customers.

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  • G7® is both a definition of   grayscale appearance, and a calibration method for adjusting any CMYK imaging device to simulate the G7 grayscale definition.
  • G7 yields a visual match between different imaging systems using simple 1-dimensional curves, and enables shared appearance between   different printing devices or specifications when additional color management is not available.
  • G7 is the basis for   GRACoL on #1 paper (TR006), SWOP on #3 paper (TR003), SWOP on #5 paper (TR005) and FIRST’s Flexo on white polyester substrate (TR007).
  • G7 utilizes one of the implementation methods of the new ISO 10128 standard for near-neutral calibration.
  • G7 is device independent. The G7 neutral print density curve (NPDC), gray balance definitions and calibration methodology are the same for   any imaging technology, regardless of substrate, colorants, screening technologies, etc.
  • The NPDC at the heart of the G7   grayscale definition was derived by analyzing the neutral tonality of typical ISO Standard commercial offset printing using computer-to-plate technology.
  • G7 should not be confused with GRACoL7, which is the 7th edition of the   GRACoL Specification
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