ISO & the graphics industry

Laurel Brunner's picture
Laurel Brunner

The International Standards Organisation prides itself on its fairness and balance, and on its commitment to promoting international trade. For the graphics industry this has been mainly visible in the ISO 2846 standards for specifying the colour and transparency printing inks for various analogue printing processes. And of course the ISO 12647 series.

This group of nine documents specifies requirements for process control for the production of halftone colour separations, proofs and production prints, also for various printing processes, although not digital printing. And then there are all of the PDF/X iterations, ISO 15930 for exchanging printing data based on specified criteria. This series is in a constant state of flux as ISO experts work to keep the standards aligned to PDF, a situation that has become less frantic since PDF 2.0 was published.

A revised ISO 12647-2
At a recent international meeting of graphics technology experts, a revision of ISO 12647-2 was discussed. The successful application of ISO 12647-2 amounts to a promise to deliver superior output quality, so resistance to any new ideas for calibration is potent.

Full content is available to subscribers only.

Subscribe NowLearn More

The invaluable source for critical coverage and in-depth analysis of prepress and digital printing technologies

Follow Spindrift on Twitter to be alerted of new content.

Like the Spindrift Facebook page to be alerted of new content.

Join the Spindrift group on LinkedIn to discuss industry topics.

Spindrift.click, like its monthly PDF predecessor takes no advertising. However without the stalwart support of three companies Spindrift would not have been possible. We thank Agfa, Fujifilm and Esko for supporting our subscription model so generously since Spindrift’s inception way back in 2003. We wouldn’t be here without you.

The Verdigris Project investigates the environmental impact of print media and provides information about sustainability initiatives for the international printing community. Keep up to date with the weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner.