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RAL COLOURS wins German Design Award for the fourth time!

Published: Thursday 18th January 2018

Categories: Colour Management

RAL COLOURS have won the German Design Award for their innovative product and communications design, for the fourth time! This year, RAL were awarded in the "packaging" category for their newly developed RAL CLASSIC K5 packaging.

With its simple and modest design, the RAL K5 packaging conveys the message of RAL COLOURS to combine innovative product design with the reliability of a global design. The matt fan is located in the semi-matt outer packaging and the glossy colour fan in the specially developed high-gloss version.

"This year we are very happy about this top-class award. With the innovative packaging for our RAL CLASSIC colour fans that have been reliable for more than 90 years, we succeed in achieving our vision of 'Innovative and reliability, worldwide,' exactly to the point" says Jasmin Noorani-Thelen, Communications & PR Manager at RAL COLOURS.

The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council, honouring innovative products ...

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Rotolight Anova PRO 2 makes an appearance on Dancing on Ice

Published: Wednesday 10th January 2018

Categories: Colour Management

Fans of the much-loved series, Dancing on Ice, may have spotted the recently released Rotolight Anova PRO 2 make an appearance in the glamour and profile shots, helping to create a dramatic new look for the tenth series of the show.

30 lights in total were used, provided in five custom-designed rigs for the filming of the TV idents, with the unique rigs each featuring six lights mounted in large ringlight configurations. Chris Yacoubian, director of photography for the glamour and profile shots for the show sought out the Rotolight lighting based on the popularity and capabilities of the range,

"I saw the Anova PRO 2 clustered together and that just sparked my creativity. The lights are powerful, portable and beautiful in terms of their colour rendition and skin tones. They are a fantastic tool and deliver and perform perfectly. I'm thrilled with the result."

The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is a pioneering continuous light and High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash for creative...

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Rotolight Announce the Launch of the Anova PRO 2

Published: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Categories: Lighting

Rotolight have recently announced the launch of the Anova PRO 2, a continuous light and High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash for creative image-makers! The Anova PRO 2 redefines the standard for professional LED lighting in studio or location, and is one of the brightest LED lights ever launched in its class.

The Anova PRO 2 is the ideal light for photographers, designers, videographers, filmmakers and more. The Anova PRO 2 delivers up to an incredible 10,900 lux output at 3 feet, 70% more power output than its predecessor, with a mere 72W consumption, making it one of the most energy efficient LED panels every designed.

Rotolight's latest launch devliers oustanding colour reproduction (CRI>96, TLCI 91) eliminating the need for expensive post production, whilst featuring electronicslly adjustable colour temperature in both flash and continuous modes (6300-3150K).

"The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is the perfect light for working in the live television envir...

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The PANTONE Color of the Year has been announced!

Published: Friday 15th December 2017

Categories: Pantone

PANTONE have recently announced their Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet! A dramatic and deep shade associated with mystical and spiritual qualities, 18-3838 Ultra Violet has been chosen for its ability to communicate originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

The enigmatic purples have long been a symbol of counterculture, unconventionality and individuality, often showed through counterparty pop culture with music icons including Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix who all brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as expressions of individuality.

Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, said,

"We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination, it is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From e...

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X-Rite Launch the i1Studio!

Published: Thursday 9th November 2017

Categories: X-Rite

X-Rite, the specialists in colour management and calibrartion, have recently launched the brand new i1Studio, a start-to-finish colour management solution for creative professionals looking for expert results.

The new i1Studio replaces the ColorMunki Photo and offers professionals the chance to effectively colour manage their workflow from start to finish. The i1Studio was created for photographers with a passion for shooting, scanning, editing and print, but who don't want to waste time and money on the process.

The award-winning and patented technology built into the i1Studio delivers precise, intuitive colour manageent across the entire workflow, resulting in prints that match images across all devices. New features to the device include printer profiling for black and white, scanner profiling, mobile device profiling, nonitor profiling for video, plus a streamlined user experience to accompan...

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6 Tips for Healthier Eyes from Dr. Gannon of the Low Vision Institute

Published: Tuesday 26th September 2017

Categories: Lighting

Dr. Marc Gannon OD, FAAO has been working to help people improve their vision for over 40 years. Dr. Gannon gives us 6 simple tips to help keep your eyes healthy throughout your life.

1. Relax Your Brain

"The main reason we blink is to rest the brain. A lot of people think that we're blinking to try to spread tears across our eyes to maintain lubrication but we really blink to give the brain a rest. Even better is if you close your eyes for 30 to 60 seconds every 15 to 20 minutes to give the brain a little longer to rest."

2. Use an OttLite

"It's the best of all the lamps available. The consistency of quality is good while the consistency of the wavelength and proper levels of illumination gives us good resolution. And it's excellent with contrast. These are things that we look for in improving a patient's vision and making them the most functional."

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5 Tips for Smart University Studying

Published: Tuesday 26th September 2017

Categories: Lighting

Here are some quick study tips for all the hardworking students back to university this autumn!

1. Get the big picture!

In our digital world, it's hard to get a clear view of how all your due dates overlap. Once you get the schedule for each class, asign each a colour and fill out key dates on a planner on your wall. You'll see where the rough spots are and can plan a way to smooth them out.

2. Cancel out distractions

Distractions can be parents, flatmates, siblings, the sound of fun you're not having. Noise cancelling headphones are a great way of shutting out the world AND letting other people know to leave you alone so you can focus.

3. Light it Right

Research shows studying under nat...

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PANTONE Trade & Save initiative offers you a cash refund when you update your old colour guide

Published: Monday 25th September 2017

Categories: Pantone

The PANTONE Trade & Save scheme makes it easier than ever for creative professionals to update their colour guides in order to ensure they are using accurate tools, whilst saving money in the process!

The PANTONE Trade & Save initiative gives you the chance to trade-in your old PANTONE guide and receive a refund of up to £60 when purchasing a PANTONE PLUS Formula Guide, ColorBridge (Coated or Uncoated), ColorBridge Set, or Solid Chip Book. What’s more, if you upgrade to a Solid Guide Set and return any of the items listed in the table below, you will also receive a £60 refund!

Why upgrade your PANTONE guide?

PANTONE pride themselves on using only the finest paper substrates for their multimedia graphic tools. But the fact is, all paper stocks yellow over time, from exposure to air or sunlight, or simply from use, which changes the appearance of the ink’s colour.

In order to ensure you have t...

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BenQ preview the dynamic new SW271 colour critical monitor at IBC

Published: Friday 15th September 2017

Categories: Monitors

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, have announced that they will be previewing the dynamic new SW271 at IBC this month.

Building on the success of its award-winning predecessor the SW2700PT, the SW271 sets a new benchmark by taking image quality to the next level. 

The sleek new 27” 4K UHD monitor offers a number of impressive features for filmmakers and videographers that demand consistently accurate colour throughout their workflow. With 100% Rec. 709 and 99% Adobe RGB coverage, plus the addition of HDR capabilities, this wide gamut monitor is set to turn heads at IBC.
 

Other key features include GamutDuo, which enables users to view content simultaneously in different colour spaces side-by-side and a Hotkey Puck that allows users to effortlessly switch between Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black & White modes. The SW271 also comes with a detachable shading hood that reduces the monitor’s screen glare.
 

“We are proud to present the SW271, which joins our full line of professional m...

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PANTONE Release 'Love Symbol #2' in Honour of Prince

Published: Thursday 14th September 2017

Categories: Pantone

PANTONE, the world’s experts in professional colour guides, have recently announced the creation of “Love Symbol #2”, a distinctive blue based purple hue inspired by international pop icon, Prince.

 

The purple shade was inspired by Prince’s custom-made Yamaha purple piano which was originally scheduled to go on tour with him before his unfortunate passing at the age of 57 last year. Prince’s original association with the colour rose in 1984 with the release of the film Purple Rain, alongside its award-winning soundtrack which featured Prince’s much-loved hit, resulting in a number of awards for the pop icon.

 

Laurie Pressman, Vice-President of the PANTONE Color Institute, said:

 

“We are honoured to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one’...

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