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Improving textile colour communication

Short name: TextileRGB

Fogra no. 13.006
Project leader: B. Oberhollenzer
Funding: BMWK (IGF) via AiF

Timescale: 1.9.2020 - 31.8.2022

Research Report

Objective and relevance

Digital textile printing currently covers various market segments, which differ mainly in the application, the selection of natural or synthetic textiles and the matching inkjet dye classes.

The colour communication workflow in digital textile production is facing major challenges. This starts with the selection of a suitable RGB exchange colour space.

The creation of the designs from typical Adobe programs results in digital assets, which are usually created in sRGB or AdobeRGB colour space. They are much too large compared to typical textile sample fans or common digital printing colour gamuts. This leads to time and cost-intensive, mostly iterative colour adjustments for the predominantly small and medium-sized print service providers.

Berthold Oberhollenzer

Prepress Technology

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Solution steps

The first focus is a systematic and metrological recording of the colour appearance, i.e. the colour as well as the surface or fibre structure of typical print samples. The determined appearance properties are to be examined with regard to their compatibility with established 3-channel workflows. A spectral workflow based on the new iccMAX specification including the possible spectral characterization will be developed, implemented and tested.

The second focus is the development of a RGB working color space for digital textile printing.

The third focus of this project is the production of proofs for paper and textile proofs. In summary, a standardization concept is to be designed, which will lead to a new ISO standard (ISO 15311-4) and a separate chapter in the freely available ProcessStandard Digital (PSD).

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This research project created working tools that improve colour communication in digital textile printing. This is an RGB-based test form for RGB process control and quality assurance. This free test form enables the analysis of print-related characteristics in digital textile printing processes and the validation of profiling accuracy and proof printing accuracy of textile prints. For the instrumental evaluation, an Excel spread sheet has been developed that is available free
of charge on the project website. With FOGRA58, the proposed RGB workflow enables accurate colour reproductionof D65/10°-based textile originals for the first time. For pictorial originals,
FOGRA58 improves both the colour prediction for the customer and the utilisation of the available machinery in terms of colour gamut. The practical method developed for determining
visually plausible colour measurements enables a rapid assessment of new media with regard to their colourtreatment using established colour management methods.

Publications and results

TitleDescription/abstractVersionDateFile typeFile sizeDownload
Improving textile colour communication Fogra-Research report 13.006 V1 28.09.2022 pdf 5 MB Download
Investigation of colour transformation for substrates with different amounts of optical brightening agents (OBA) Fogra Extra 42 V1 02.12.2021 pdf 1 MB Download
TextileRGB - FOGRA58 (Beta) ICC Profile TextileRGB Workspace V1 28.10.2022 icc 3 MB Download
TextileRGB - FOGRA58 (Beta) Char. Data Characterization data (D65/10°) - Basis for TextileRGB_FOGRA58(beta1).icc V1 26.08.2020 txt 30 KB Download
Improving textile colour communication Presentation at the ICC GASIC Meeting, 2020-10-21 V1.0 28.10.2022 pdf 4 MB Download
Colour management for digital textile printing Recording of Fogra Colour Management Café 24 V1 04.11.2020 youtube 11 B Download
Digital Textile Working Space Profile Presentation from Joe Tschudi at the Fogra Color Management Symposium, 2020-03-12 V1 28.10.2022 pdf 2 MB Download
Getting prepared for digital textile production – 3D Presentation from Joe Tschudi and Andreas Kraushaar at the Fogra Color Management Symposium, 2022-07-07 V1 25.08.2022 pdf 6 MB Download
Textile RGB - Final Results Final presentation V1 28.10.2022 pdf 4 MB Download

Testform colour reproduction (FOGRA58)

TitleDescription/abstractVersionDateFile typeFile sizeDownload
ISO12647_7_8_Evaluation_RGB_V2.pdf RGB testform for colour evaluation of FOGRA58 simulations. PDF/X-4 file with "TextileRGB_FOGRA58(beta1).icc" as output profile. 2 11.10.2022 pdf 6 MB Download

Testforms char. (CMYK, ECG)

TitleDescription/abstractVersionDateFile typeFile sizeDownload
Fogra ECG-7C test form The four-page Fogra ECG-7C test form contains the characterisation chart for CMYKOGV-like systems as well as test elements for the analysis of essential process parameters. 3 08.07.2021 zip 1 MB Download
Universal LFP Testform The test form includes all 1617 tone value combinations of the IT.8/7-.4 on 12 pages. The large fields enable error-free measurement when large screening is used, which is particularly relevant in large-format printing. V1.0 25.08.2015 pdf 1 MB Download

Photoshop colormanagement settings - textile

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Photoshop Settings Textile Beta Version - recommended settings for textile printing (FOGRA58), Adobe Photoshop V1 28.10.2022 csf 5 MB Download

Media­Wedge Textile RGB

The MediaWedge Textile RGB is now available in our shop. For test purposes, please use the test form for colour reproduction.