The Color Checkpoint
The color image scans produced for Time Inc. Home Entertainment books must be top quality. To assure himself that proofs he's reviewing represent what will ultimately be printed, Editorial Operations Manager John Calvano asks prepress houses that work for Time to run out a test page every two weeks on the devices regularly used to print proofs. The page includes three images from some of his previous jobs--images for which he knows what to look for--as well as industry-standard color patch strips.
Since a book's scans are often produced in batches over several weeks, the test pages help him check for color consistency over time. Calvano also requires that the same test page be run and enclosed with each batch of proofs. With a look at the test sheet--especially a comparison of grays created from black to grays created from CMYK, Calvano knows whether his proofs are--or aren't--in order.