“We are so accurate with the colour of our scans that they are regularly used as a basis for creating colour samples”.
„A common understanding with our customers is of primary importance in
reproduction. Some want to ‘just scan it in’ but then we discover together that the
special feature is the print-optimised files that they require or a very specific digital
format, a colour image. We help them to determine the resolution they need and look
for a low-cost means of transporting larger items to us in Hanover. If the customers are interested in the production process, they can also come to us and experience every single step – or look over our shoulders when we delete the server data for highly sensitive projects.
Our scanning process delivers incredibly good base materials. But above all, if a motif is to be printed on various backgrounds, colour management certainly comes into play.
We have this multispectral scanner and we call what it does a ‘digital fingerprint’. This sends a beam of light on to the item through 16 different colour filters. The wavelengths which are then returned are offset against each other. We thus get an original sample in absolutely genuine colour – all the colour and brightness properties can be calculated and displayed using defined scales with up to ten decimal places.
You can learn to view colours although those who are really good at it also use their intuition. When most other people can only see two identical colours, it is easier for me perhaps just to see a very slight difference in the red. We conducted eye tests in our team monitored by an ophthalmologist to find out how we must proceed internally when we want to assess the quality of our data. We started by finding out who could identify numbers in dotted circles; then we even took the step of using an ‘Oculus Heidelberger Anomaloskop’. Using this device, you look at an orange area and attempt to determine whether the upper or the lower half has more red colour. I did very well which is why I have the final say in the acceptance procedures.
We are so accurate with the colour of our scans that they are regularly used as a basis for creating colour samples.”