How to print the test charts to create your profile
These notes will help you to set up your image editing/printing application, and your printer, to print the test charts needed to create your profile.
As well as this document you should have the all of the TIFF images created with Coraye Print Profiler.
Before you print the charts, make sure that your printer is set up correctly.
Use the maintenance utility for the printer to ensure that all the nozzles are working correctly and that they are properly aligned.
Remember that the purpose of a printer profile is to optimise the print quality for one printer, using one combination of print settings, one type of ink and one type of paper.
If you change any of these then the profile will give you less than optimum results. If you use different papers you should use a unique profile for each.
It is essential that you print the test charts with all colour management turned off, both in your image editing software and in your printer. Follow this procedure carefully, consulting the relevant user manuals and Help files if you are not using the same software and hardware that are described here. In the following instructions, text shown in bold italic represents the wording you should see on your computer.
Adobe Color Printing Utility (ACPU)
We now recommend the use of the ACPU for printing the target files. This small application can be downloaded from the Adobe website http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/834/cpsid_83497.html The download is a small (56kB) ZIP file containing the program and instructions. Versions are available for both PC and Mac platforms.
Once the files are extracted, it is more convenient to drag the file “Adobe Color Printer Utility.exe” onto the desktop. You may find it convenient to drag the target files *.tif and onto the desktop too.
To run ACPU, just double-click on the desktop icon. This will open a file selection dialog where you can select one of the target files. The selected file will appear in the ACPU window as below.
Click “Print”, select your printer from the drop-down list, and then click “Properties” to go to the printer set-up dialog.
When you get to the printer set-up window, follow the guidance below to disable colour management.
Once the printer is set up you will return to the “Print” window as above. Just click “Print” and your target should print.
Once you have printed the first sheet of the target follow the same procedure to print the second sheet. It will be necessary to set up the printer again, since ACPU does not “remember” printer settings from one print to the next.
Setting up the printer
The first step in setting up the printer is to choose the appropriate paper type and printer resolution in the printer driver. These will depend on the type of paper that you are using – remember that the profile is only valid for this paper, printed with the settings that you choose now.
If you don’t know how to print your target, I suggest to go on paper manufacturer’s web site to get informations to setup your print.