Color Management

in Digital Printing

Color is an important stake in the area of image quality and therefore of upmost importance in professional digital printing.
Images printed on most different media, on different printers, with different inks, viewed under different light conditions – all must look the same. This is the main purpose of color management in digital printing. It is particularly helpful for managing different media or different printing tecnologies and if applied in the right way it guaranties outstanding results.
But more than this, color management will also help you reduce costs in day-to-day printing business; in particular ink, operators’ and printers’ time and media.

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One of the main tools for color management is the International Color Consortium (ICC) profile, which is a standardized file format that describes how a device or a medium reproduces colors. ICC profiles can be embedded in images or documents to specify how they should be displayed or printed. They can also be assigned to devices or media to define their color characteristics. For example, an ICC profile can describe how a monitor displays colors, how a printer prints colors, or how a paper reflects colors.

By using ICC profiles, professional digital printers can ensure that the colors they see on their monitors are the same colors they get on their prints. They can also adjust the colors of their images or documents to match the specific characteristics of their printers and paper. This way, they can avoid unwanted color shifts or variations that may occur due to different color spaces or gamuts.

Color Calibration Workflow

in Digital Printing

At the heart of this process is the spectrophotometer, a powerful tool used for Linearization and Profiling. It facilitates the precise characterization of the printer/media configuration, optimizing output according to specific parameters.

One of the critical capabilities of digital color management is the ability to conduct Verification against Standards. This process, achieved by measuring a control strip with a spectrophotometer, guarantees that colors remain authentic to the original and comply with industry norms, setting a high benchmark for print quality.

Furthermore, digital color management allows for regular Validation, ensuring consistent color across multiple print runs. This process minimizes any variations that could potentially compromise the integrity of a project, maintaining color accuracy over time and across different printing substrates.