Comparing factory printer profiles to real-world printer profiles


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Comparing factory printer profiles to real-world printer profiles

Let's take a closer look at the reasons for creating a Custom Profile. Now I've found that for my fine art papers, my printers are capable of printing a much deeper black than the factory profile allows for. These factory profiles are accurate, but since they have to play it safe a bit to allow for variations in environmental conditions and in printers, they get very conservative. So let's take a look at how some factory profiles compare to Custom Profiles. I'm going to use Apple's ColorSync utility to show you this.

So here we have the factory profile for a pearl-surface paper. This is Ilford's gold-fiber silk, and we see it's got a nice, kind of robust color, and it goes way down to black. What this graph is showing us is where the black cross is. That means the blacks and the highlights are up on the top and it seems to have a nice range. Let's compare it to a Custom Profile. So, I'm going to hold this and bring up a Custom Profile that I created. And you can see...

Comparing factory printer profiles to real-world printer profiles
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