This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to assess and apply colour consistently across a range of visual media used to produce signs. It requires the application of colour theory and an ability to use industry-recognised software, hardware and colour matching systems for a range of output devices.  The unit supports sign manufacturers working with different media where the accuracy and consistency of colour are critical to the quality of the final product.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must accurately colour match three different digital signs using each of the following devices in the process: computer monitor; digital press; printer; proofer; scanner. A different colour matching system should be used on each of the three signs, selected from: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK); pantone matching system (PMS), red, green and blue (RGB). In doing the above work, the person must: - accurately calibrate devices to be used in sign production workflow; - apply a colour matching system according to job requirements; - adjust colour and contrast to ensure legibility as appropriate to the task, and; - check and confirm colour consistency is achieved across each output device and rectify any fault in colour matching. The person must then select three different colours from one of the digital signs and produce a colour match in paint for each colour.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - uses, applications and limitations of a range of colour matching systems used in the manufacture of signs, including: black and white; CMYK; grey scale; PMS; RGB; - functionality and limitations of software used to apply and manage colour in the manufacture of signs; - principles of colour legibility and the use of contrast; - principles and application of colour harmony, including: analogous; complementary; monochromatic; split complementary, and; - uses, principles and applications of colour theory in sign manufacture.

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