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Quality Analysis of Spot Color Reproduction with an Inkjet Printer

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Spot color is widely used in commercial, product or packaging printing to obtain a colorful appearance. With the combination of the right software, inks and media, an inkjet printer can be treated as a digital proofer for spot color printing, providing significant time and cost savings compared to conventional procedures for jobs approval. An Epson Stylus Pro 4000 digital printer combined with two commercially available RIPs were tested and compared. ICC profiles were generated for the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 printer, using the actual production printing substrate and manufacturer recommended proofing paper. Color gamuts of different output combinations were compared and the quality of spot color reproduction was evaluated in terms of the ΔE in L*a*b* color space for selected spot colors.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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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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