A recent CGS and Color-Logic collaboration enables brand managers and their graphic designers to quickly and easily prototype package designs using the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System. To take advantage of this development, graphic designers first prepare their metallic designs using the Color-Logic Design Suite, a plug-in for Adobe Create Suite and other popular design software, which also permits accurate visualization of the finished product. The next step involves laminating ORIS Media Transfer Film-a nearly invisible, open-pore synthetic mesh only a few microns thick which can be transferred thermally at low temperature to any original media-and then onto the final desired substrate. The media can then be imaged on a wide-format printer such as the Roland Versacamm VS, to quickly yield package prototypes for evaluation or market testing. The transfer film, which features a removable backing paper, also can be printed directly and then transferred to appropriate media.
Commenting on the collaboration, Color-Logic Chief Technology Officer Richard Ainge said: "Package prototyping with metallics is quick and easy using the system developed by Color-Logic and CGS. The technique is particularly suitable for thin flexible films, aluminum, or corrugated board. Color-Logic has carefully evaluated the process and heartily endorses it for use by package designers and printers. Examples of prototypes prepared using the collaboration can be seen at Chicago PRINT 13 in booths 2264 and 5049."