John Scott Thorburn is Senior Color Analyst at Canon USA.

John has over 35 years of graphic arts experience having worked for offset lithographers and color separators, Scitex America Corp., Electronics for Imaging, as imaging consultant for individual clients, and as technology enhanced learning advisor to Carnegie Mellon University.

John’s previous speaking engagements at PIA Color Conference include Introduction to Digital Front Ends and Controlling Color for Digital Presses; at HOW Design Live Designer’s Guide to Digital Print; and at Rochester Institute of Technology IGAEA Conference Controlling Color in a Digital Environment.

John studied Industrial Management and Communication Design at Carnegie Mellon University.


Sunday, 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
G7 and Great Picture Making

G7 is the name for an industry leading set of specifications to achieve gray balance and visual similarity across print processes. It provides a powerful way to match proof to press, and leads many brands owners, buyers, and creatives increasingly to seek out qualified G7 print providers. A contemporary print control technology, G7’s roots can be found in classic photographic and visual arts principles. Using simple language, dramatic color visualization, and beautiful images, John Thorburn offers a clear and creative foundation into how and why G7 and color management work, helping to prepare attendees for any deeper technical dives they may wish to take.