Color Library by Maximage
Automated Color Separation

Color Library is a database of color profiles for artists, designers, photographers and printers who are looking for a novel yet professional color management solution. These new tools can convert images for printing devices using two, three, four, or five spot colors. It offers a large variety of combinations, from basic colors to metallics, neons, and pastels.

Color Library was created within the Workflow research project (R&D) about printing technologies at ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne. 
This project was led by Maximage (David Keshavjee, Guy Meldem, Tatiana Rihs, Julien Tavelli) and supported by the HES-SO/University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.

Normal images for printing are specified in the CMYK color space. However, it is also possible to reproduce images by only using two or three non-CMYK colors. Such special colors are commonly called “spot colors.” Each spot color requires a separate printing plate and color separation. Color Library provides special color profiles that produce color separations from a normal RGB (or CMYK) image for spot colors such as PANTONE colors and even metallic, neon or pastel colors. With Color Library, you can convert and print images using two, three, four, or five spot colors of your choice.

Maximage, established in 2008, is a collaborative studio originally based in Switzerland but currently working in London. Maximage is dedicated to graphic design and printed matter such as posters, books and other ephemera. Commissions including books, catalogues, and corporate identities are approached with an innovative and sensitive attitude toward technology. Since 2008, Maximage has been teaching typography and graphic design at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.

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Photography by Shirana Shahbazi.
Design by Maximage.
Programming by Maxime Schoeni.