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    How to calibrate your printer step by step?

    How to calibrate your printer step by step? (llinearization, calibration, ink limit), someone is willing?

    (sorry google translator)

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    for me I have 2 choice
    1. if you have RGB or CMYK (small printer) without RIP you have to use software that come with you calibrate device ie i1 extreme spider elite
    it's very easy step.

    2. if you print with RIP (large format printer)
    you have to go with you step by step on you RIP (ink limit, linearization, caractor..)

    I can't tell you clear bcz I don't know about you software & hardware.

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    Tks, Boys222...
    I thought a step by step, would be helpful to everyone who has a large format printer.(Using a hypothetical case.)
    And for the small printers, would be another topic.

    (with the help of google translator)

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    Best thing I can suggest is just to google printer calibration (or is it actually printer profiling you want to do?) & you will find heaps of good websites & tutorials.

    For actual printer calibration you sort of can't make a generalised step-by-step guide because calibration can only be done with a RIP. By that I mean that for my 3880 printer using standard Win7 drivers there is NO calibration I can perform. I can align heads or do a head cleaning or paper thickness selection but there is no proper caibration possible.

    Essentially, when changing media selection in the driver, eg from Premium Semi Gloss Photo paper to Premium Lustre or Premium Glossy that will actually perform all the necessary (read: possible) calibration, taking into account ink limits, cross-overs, etc. For direct calibration one needs to work with a RIP & in CMYK to limit each ink individually & go from there. But because every RIP will do this their own way, that's why can't create a simple step-by-step guide.

    What is it you are actually wanting to know?

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    I would like to know for example.. I have IPF8000S and EFI XF what hardware I need to create profile for specific paper?

    Tx.

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    Searching the internet..

    In the softer (ex. ProfileMaker)
    1 - Find the ink limit. (what criteria?) drying time? visually? blurry?
    2 - Linearization ...
    3 - Characterization ...

    For each type of printing a profile? (ex. 4 pas. 8 pas, etc?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alterego View Post
    I would like to know for example.. I have IPF8000S and EFI XF what hardware I need to create profile for specific paper?

    Tx.
    At the very least you will require some sort of spectrophotometer such as an i1Pro or similar.

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    Creating a printer profile for photo printing, color proofing and 1-bit proofing PM

    Calibration
    1 Preparing the printer, media and spectrophotometer
    2 Specifying the printer profile name and info
    3 Printer linearization
    4 Color gamut of the printer: selecting a printer gamut optimization method
    5 Color gamut of the printer: adjusting ink limits (expert calibration only)
    6 Color gamut of the printer: adjusting ink mixing curves (expert calibration
    only)

    Characterization
    1 Ink bleeding
    2 Color engine
    3 Finishing Calibration

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    there is a way to calibrate with a spectrophotometer?

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    Essentially, the only way to calibrate is with a spectrophotometer. I say essentially because technically, a calibration can be performed with a densitometer or on some printers you don't even need any hardware - they have a densitometer (or spectro) built-in & like the old HP 130, perform a closed-loop calibration.

    Remember though, calibration is most definitely not profiling (characterization) - profiling always requires a spectro 100% of the time, to be able to read the various colour patches, whether it's a screen, printer, scanner or some other device you're profiling.

    Back to printers - calibration is simply getting the printer into a known state. Depending how you define the word, calibration can be as simple as selecting a certain paper in the printer driver, such as Epson Premium Gloss Photo Paper or Ultrasmooth Fine Art settings in the driver will change the way the printer applies ink to the paper, change the ink curves, change platen height/paper gap, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniboyweb View Post
    there is a way to calibrate with a spectrophotometer?


    Calibration
    1 Preparing the printer, media and spectrophotometer
    2 Specifying the printer profile name and info
    3 Printer linearization
    4 Color gamut of the printer: selecting a printer gamut optimization method
    5 Color gamut of the printer: adjusting ink limits (expert calibration only)
    6 Color gamut of the printer: adjusting ink mixing curves (expert calibration
    only)

    Characterization
    1 Ink bleeding
    2 Color engine
    3 Finishing Calibration



    Once the characterization was print patches with ProfileMaker or other software to create the icc profile

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    sorry sorry sorry, I mean WITHOUT a spectrophotometer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniboyweb View Post
    sorry sorry sorry, I mean WITHOUT a spectrophotometer?
    Unable to create an ICC profile without a spectrophotometer.

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    more complicated than needed

    i have an epson 1400 and an epson 2200, while the epson 1400 printed KINDA close to the colors on glossy, it still has that color shift problem so i picked up a 2200 and i swear i can calibrate that damn thing to save my life. im using EFI FX 4.0 rip and still sometimes i cant even get it to print close to the actual colors on screen on certain papers.

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    Calibration Caveat.

    Gamut or not blah blah blah, But Printing Gamut usually should not exceed 1.8 Gamma on photoshops printing curve, gamma pretty much is Gamut. 2.2 is usually for monitors and is for Windows video gaming curve / format usually used any monitors and any gaming consoles in general. And is just not reproducible on paper format unless you can back light it in someway. So set your gamma to 1.8 in color calibration as in Adobe Gamma application, and your prints will look natural or fine. Hope this is helpful to you. =o) Been in the printing industry over 20 years now. so just try it.
    Last edited by TheMacMeKanik; 05-10-2011 at 04:37 AM.

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