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Prepress technology

The research projects deal with all aspects of the media production workflow. Colour – i.e. colour management – is the most important factor in image acquisition, data preparation, visual appraisal and both soft and hard copy proofing.

Focus areas

Workflow and PDF/X

Standardised, i.e. predictable workflows are at the heart of current media and publishing production. Fogra is working on practical recommendations for setting up and testing modern, PDF based workflows.

Colour difference evaluation

“Where you can measure, there is no need to dispute.” Fogra has long been researching the objective evaluation of the distance between two or more images. This includes the most diverse applications such as proofing (side-by-side), the evaluation of only one sample (media-relative appraisal) or the checking of the consistency of several reproductions with respect to each other (consistent colour appearance).

Visual appraisal and Proofing

“Colours are actions of light” said Goethe – and he was right. The influence of light on any print sample covers both colour appearance and light fastness. Current and future research projects take into account the holistic evaluation of colour appearance and examine the influence of the relevant influencing parameters. This applies to prints, screen displays or AR/VR applications.

Research Projects

Professional colour communication in multiprimary printing

Prepress technology   02/28/2021

This project aims to develop important prerequisites for a predictable and industrial multicolour workflow.

Graphic 3D printing

Prepress technology   10/31/2020

This project is focused on implementing a colour-accurate on-screen prediction of the final 3D print object.

Improving textile colour communication

Prepress technology   06/01/2020

The TextileRGB research project aims to develop basic principles for the colour characterization of digitally printed textiles.


Prepress technology   06/01/2020

Aim of this project is the development of a Machine Learning Framework for dynamic image style evaluation.


Prepress technology   03/31/2020

Improving the printability and legibility of 1D and 2D codes in inkjet printing.

Modelling colour appearance for full colour 3D printers

Prepress technology   10/01/2019

In this project, the foundations for the colour modeling of Polyjet 3D printers are to be developed.

Consistent Colour Appearance

Prepress technology   02/28/2019

Aim of this project is the development of a method for evaluating colour reproductions via different output channels.

Image Quality

Digitaldruck   10/01/2015

Basis for standardization of digital production printing using toner based and large format inkjet printers.

Consolidating Standardisation

Prepress technology   09/30/2015

Concept for the colour management based data preparation and reproduction.


Dr Andreas Kraushaar

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