FIRST 7.0 Debuts At FTA’s Fall Conference 2022

The 25th-anniversary edition of FTA’s FIRST, version 7.0, debuted at the association’s Fall Conference 2022.

FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) seeks to understand customers’ graphic requirements for reproduction and translates those aesthetic requirements into specifications for each phase of the flexographic printing process, including customers, designers, prepress providers, raw material and equipment suppliers, and printers.

It intends to provide all participants in the flexographic reproduction process with a standard set of guidelines, tutorials and data to be used as communication and production tools.

Now on its seventh iteration, FIRST 7.0 brings more than 50 new pages of content throughout all sections, including:

• A new Measurement & Verification Section which eliminates redundancy and enables quick referencing in a production environment

• An updated Communication & Implementation Section integrating the newly revised TR 012: 2020

• A completely updated Design Section to reflect new process and procedures used in flexographic package design

• Extensive updates on color proofing, detailed descriptions of spectrophotometer measuring modes and an entirely new section focused on proofing for expanded gamut

Also included is The Optimal Method—a new print calibration technique using tone curves to match an ICC profile—and results of the FQC Opacity of Substrates and White Ink Projects.

FIRST 7.0 is available for purchase online at


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