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Color Profile: methodology and influence on the performance of ink-jet color reproduction

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The objective of this work was to quantify the influence of (i) ink-jet printer calibration and (ii) ink-jet printer profile creation, on the quality of color reproduction, in the context of fine art printing. The first step involved a fine setting of the output device, in order to stabilize the results. The second step is a complete characterization of the printers, with color profile determinations. During the profile creation, different input parameters were adjusted: total ink coverage, black ink limit coverage, black-printer strategy. The performance of the color profiles (output data) was analyzed by color differences (ΔE), the volume of color gamut, and spectral characteristics of the printed colors. Moreover, a visual appreciation of the printed samples was conducted.

From these results, the profiles were edited and optimized in order to reduce the color differences.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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