ColorAnt

Good to know...

  • A video tutorial showing some of the features of ColorAnt is available on YouTube.
  • ColorAnt is a standalone software for Mac OSX and Windows platforms. It is part of the ColorLogic proļ¬ling solution CoPrA but can be purchased separately, too.
  • ColorAnt supports colorimetric and spectral measurement data from various vendors of spectrophotometers.

Additional Information:

Intelligent analysis and optimization of measurement data

ColorAnt 3 - the Power Tool for optimized measurement data, better profiles, custom test chart creation and editing of primaries
Logo ColorAnt

ColorAnt is a software solution for the measurement data processing prior to profiling. There are many situations in which measurement data are not prepared correctly causing trouble when creating the ICC profiles. There could be reading errors from the instrument, print errors or other artifacts (e.g. inhomogeneous data) resulting in a less than perfect measurement data quality. To optimize the measurement data and to intelligently average multiple data sets, ColorAnt is the perfect tool.

Extensive tool box

Multiple tools like optical brightener correction for papers or tone value curve adaptation for various specifications (e.g. according to G7, ISO or house standards), smoothing, error correction, white point adaptations, averaging and idealization of measurement data for standardization purposes are available in this powerful, but still easy-to-use solution. The spectral editing of primaries and automatic calculation of overprints in complete sets of measurement data, allows creation of printer profiles even without time and cost intensive printing of large test charts. Additional analyzing, comparing, reporting and viewing features assist you in figuring out potential sources of error and which tools to use to correct them. Another highlight of the new ColorAnt is that it creates custom test charts which respect your specific requirements while working with different color spaces and it also supports your profile creation in the best possible way.

Mainscreen of ColorAnt 3
Mainscreen of ColorAnt 3
Smoothing tool to fine tune measurement data
Smoothing tool to fine tune measurement data
Tool for the generation of patches for individual test charts
Tool for the generation of patches for individual test charts

Enhanced print production reliability

The two screenshots demonstrate the smoothing of tone value curves (TVI) of a digital printer - original data without smoothing (left) and smoothed data (right)
The two screenshots demonstrate the smoothing of tone value curves (TVI) of a digital printer - original data without smoothing (left) and smoothed data (right)

Finally, the quality of ICC profiles is always dependent on the quality of the measurement data. Analyzing and optimizing measurement data allows higher profile quality which leads to a higher reliability of the whole print production process. With this in mind, ColorAnt helps to optimize every printer profiling tool in the market, whether it is ICC-compliant or not. You will be surprised how inexpensive a dramatically improved print quality and production reliability can be!

ColorAnt is offered in two different packages

ColorAnt M is designed for standard printing processes and color spaces, whereas ColorAnt L addresses the packaging and multicolor market.
ColorAnt M ColorAnt L
Custom Chart Generation Limited to Gray, RGB and CMYK Multicolor Custom Chart Generation Including Multicolor chart generation
Edit Primaries Edit primaries for CMYK only Edit Primaries Multicolor Support Edit Primaries for CMYK and Multicolor
CIE Conversion Adjustments due to change of illumination Supports all other tools from ColorAnt M
Correction, Smoothing, Brigtener, Tone Values, Rescaling, Averaging, etc.

Spectral Editing of Primaries

"Edit Primaries" tool
With the "Edit Primaries" tool you can add a channels to a CMYK data set - in this example Orange is added as a 5th channel

The Edit Primaries tool allows the user to add, remove, and exchange primaries or the paper/substrate into an existing measured test chart. In typical print production, adding or swapping ink(s) requires the expense of printing a full blown test chart. The Edit Primaries tool will simply require the spectral data of the new ink(s) to be added or exchanged. Edit Primaries will not only exchange the inks but also recalculate all overprints based on intelligent spectral color models and generates new measurement data. With this extraordinary tool you are immediately able to create all required data for calculating ICC profiles for modified color combinations.

Potential efficiency gain with the Edit Primaries tool in typical production scenarios