To print correctly, it is necessary to use settings for each of your media on which you want to print.

Generally, if you use branded papers such as Canson, Hahnemuehle, Ilford, Rauch, Tecco  etc…  you will find on the web site of these paper manufacturer, informations on how to use them.

Other paper profiles can be downloader on software editor’s web site like, , Dinax Mirage, or EFI for example.

However, you will only find icc profiles for printers most used in the photo area.

Unfortunately, there are not all icc profiles for all printers and print resolutions.

In addition to obtaining more occurate colors, it is sometimes useful to make its own paper profiles…

… And it is there that Coloris will be able to be useful to you.

How to calibrate your prints with Coloris

1) Click on the Print Profiler’s logo

2) Create and Print Targets

(1)  Write the name of your Icc Profile.

(2) Choose the target type. You can find more detail on the ArgyllCMS web site here (fig a)

(3) Choose the number of White Patch Test.

The white patches are usually very important in establishing white point that the ICC data is made relative to, so it improves robustness to use more than a single point.

(4) Choose the number of grey patches

This parameter sets the number of patches in a set of combined (nominally gray) wedges. This will typically be equal RGB or CMY values, and by default will be equally spaced steps in device space.

(5) Choose the number of Patches

This parameter sets the number of full spread test patches. Full spread patches are distributed according to the default or chosen algorithm. The default algorithm will optimize the point locations to minimize the distance from any point in device space, to the nearest sample point. This is called Optimized Farthest Point Sampling (OFPS) . This can be overridden by specifying the kind of target (2).

(6) Choose the number of patches per CMYK primaries

This parameter sets the number of patches in a set of per colorant wedges. The steps are evenly spaced in device space by default, and the total number of test patches will be the number of colorants times the value specified

(7) Select RGB or CMYK mode to create your Icc Profile. (fig b)

(8) Click here to access to the Tiffs’s folder where files are recorded.

(9) Click on the » Create Target » button when you are finished to fill-up, before clicking on the arrow on you right (10)

Warning: if you need to use a generic target as ECI2002 for example, follow the procedure: How to read a chart already printed…

Fig a

Fig b

Choose the right parameters to print the target.

(1) Select your spectrophotometer (fig c)

Be aware that you need a special ruler if you want to use a ColorMunki Photo Spectrophotometer.

You can make this ruler yourself. All explanation are here.

(2) Choose page format to print your targets

(3), (4), (5) these options are to customize the target.

(6) Select resolution to print your target.

(7) Mix or don’t mix patches.

(8) Open the Tiffs folder.

(9) Create the target (Tiff format only)

(10) Next step

Fig c

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Fig f

Print the targets

Now to print targets, follow the tutorial « How to print the test charts to create your profile »

Warning: Use the Tiffs generated targets with the name of your profile.

3) Read Target

When targets are printed, wait few minutes before to read it.

Before to launch the target reading, connect your spectrophotometer (ColorMunki Photo, Eye One Pro or Pulse)

If it doesn’t work, go to « How to install your spectrophotometer on Windows to work with Coloris or ArgyllCMS »

Check  option « Patch by patch » or « By Strip » (1)

By Strip mean you read the row in one time, normally you have to use this option by default.

Check the « Filter » option (2), this one is depending of your spectrophotometer and of your media.

Now it’s time to start the reading…

Click on « Console » (9) to display information (Fig g) and put it on the right to display commands.

Then click on the « Read Target » button (3).

A message will appear into the console to calibrate your spectrophotometer. Follow orders.

If during the procedure you have a wrong reading, you can use « Move Forward », « Move Backward », « Next Unread » (4) or « Any Key » (5) button.

Warning: When all rows have been read, Click on the « Done » button (6) then click on the arrow on you right (7) (The arrow on your left is to go back (8)).

Fig g

Warning: if you need to read your chart later, follow the procedure: How to read a chart already printed…

4) Calculate the profile

Before to calculate the profile you can choose some options:

  • The quality of your profile (Fig h)
  • The reference profile (Fig i to l). You have to import a profil (as Adobe1998RGB.icc) into Coloris and then drag and put it on « Reference Profile » (3).
  • Choose your illuminant (4) (Fig m)
  • And then click on « Create Profile » button
  • The processing will be display into the console and the button « Create Profile » will change to « Processing »
  • When the profile will be calculated, It will appear lower left (7).
  • To get the icc profile you can click right on it and « Export to desktop »(Fig n) or you can click on « Load Folder » (6)

Fig h

Fig i

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Fig m

Fig n

If you have selected CMYK at the begining, you will have more option to create your  Icc Profile.

These options are used by people who use specific software called R.I.P. (Raster Image Processor) into professional applications.

I will not explain these option in this tutorial.


5) Check the profile

To check the profile, you can visualize it into Gamut Viewer and compare it with a Jpeg picture or an other profile (ex: AdobeRGB1998.icc)

For example, we have compared the picture of jellyfish with the paper profile with Gamut Viewer.

We can see that the print can not reproduce saturated blue and yellow/orange colors.

If you want to know more about the Gamut Viewer go to  the tutorial « How to use Gamut Viewer »

You can also print a test image to evaluate your print.

But be careful, You have to use a correct light to visualize your print.

If you want to check your light, you can use « Illum Reader », » Spectral Viewer » and your spectrophotometer I1 Pro or Colormunki Photo.

You can download a test image Here

Now your are ready to print realistic pictures on your printer…

Have fun ;=)