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Creating your own icc print profiles


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dgillilan Silver Member Nikonian since 15th May 2006
Tue 25-Jun-13 12:53 AM | edited Tue 25-Jun-13 01:07 AM by dgillilan

I am wondering what other hardware are you folks using to develop your own icc profiles and have you compared your custom profiles to those of the mfr?
I have used a Colorvision Datacolor Spectrocolorimeter for about six years now and I enjoy creating my own profiles. I have compared my own profiles to those of the mfr. and they are close, which I mean that the mfr. does develop really good profiles for a given printer. The ones I have compared so far are the Epson profiles for Epson papers on Epson printers, and I have developed some Crane Museo Max profiles for my Epsons.
Tonight I developed a icc profile for my Epson glossy paper to use with my new Canon printer(obviously, no icc profile would be available on either mfr. site, competition !). I want to be able to use my Epson paper that I have stocked up, with the Canon printer also. So I am glad to have this little spectro and I am very happy with the prints I have obtained using my custom profiles. I think I get better results than with the canned profiles, specifically, better color and better b/w gradations.
I learned tonight that a software update to my hardware now offers additional options such as curves import, and advanced editing for shadow and highlight tint sliders, brightness, contrast, and saturation sliders, sheesh, I have more to learn due to the update since I last used my spectro a while back.
What do others think who are doing this and would you elaborate on any special tips or things you do, to augment your creating methods? I realized tonight that I was using a closeup light to more clearly see my patches as I read them, only I felt that the light may have interfered with that little LED sensor that was reading the patches, so I moved it much farther back away from the spectro.


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