[NTG-context] RAL colours

Pavneet Arora pavneet_arora at waroc.com
Sat Apr 4 18:00:39 CEST 2015

Many thanks Hraban!

This is great insight into the printing world.  Of course, Pantone has a 
dominant position on this continent at least, but as you stated, its 
proprietary nature keeps the palette from being distributed easily.

So the question remains:  if the X11 colourspace is found inadequate, is 
there another one that we might look for inspiration to create decent 
spot colours for document processing?  Even if RAL colours are used for 
varnish, does that mitigate the use of their RGB values for other 
paints?  Note, that I am not seeking exact calibration of colours, say 
for branding across different media; just a more expressive palette for 
print applications.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to the Adobe products that you 
mention, and in any case would just want a convenient set of colours 
inside ConTeXt to create documents on the fly.

For this type of work, are there any other "open source" palettes that 
we might look towards?

Warm regards.

On 04Apr15, Henning Hraban Ramm wrote:
> Am 2015-04-04 um 17:31 schrieb Pavneet Arora <pavneet_arora at waroc.com>:
> > 1.  Is the RAL colour space a decent one for printing purposes?  What 
> >    would be disadvantages, if not?
> No, it’s not. RAL colors are defined only for surface colors, like lacquer (varnish? paint).
> Printing colors work differently, they’re mostly transparent.
> A parallel to RAL in printing colors would be Pantone (or HKS in Germany, Toyo in Japan).
> But these are copyrighted, so we would be most probably not allowed to ship a library of these.
> (If I need some spot color, I look up the CMYK/RGB mix in Photoshop or InDesign.)
> > 2.  Does colo-imp-ral.mkiv exist already?
> That would make no sense IMO.

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