CBD Startup purchased a C6500A from us during the White Label Expo in Las Vegas NV. After getting started print, Colin Sevier, IT Manager and Jack-Of-All-Trades, decided that the colors were “truly amazing” on the gloss poly; just a few points away from a great color match and not worth the time to fix. However, the color on the matte poly, especially the blacks, should be different. According to Colin, “the blacks were more charcoal. We wanted to see a more vivid black and colors in general.”
An ICC profile is a set of data that characterizes a color input or output device, or a color space, according to standards promulgated by the International Color Consortium (ICC). Learn more here.
Colin says, “With the Datacolor Studio Kit, I printed out a color map using the C6500A and the matte poly labels. I made sure the printout was without any extra color, but with the Quality setting.
Every setting would need a different color map and ICC profile. On the color map, I scanned/measured the colors which inputted this information into the software. Once all the colors were scanned, the software creates the profile.”
After getting the profile from Colin, I attempted to replicate the results. First, I learned where to upload the profile to the computer. All ICC color profiles go to this directory in Windows: C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color
Second, I had to set the driver settings to use the correct ICC profile. Normally, I would use this Quality setting for a matte poly. Notice the “Vivid Color” selection.
|C6500 Synthetic Quality Setting|
To use the ICC profile, I selected the ICM color correction mode. The Epson Engineering Manual says, ICM (Image Color Management) is a Windows color control function to match apparent color between different devices such as a monitor and a printer. Apparent color on the monitor and on the printout is matched based on ICC profiles. An ICC profile is a file that describes characteristics of the device such as a monitor and a printer according to ICC (International Color Consortium) standards.”
Be sure to select “Show All Profiles” to see the correct selection. And then select the ICC profile desired, such as the CW-6500Au MattePoly Quality Settings, that Colin created.
After these setting changes, I printed out a basic black/green artwork to see the color difference: and you can see a difference:
|With/Without ICC Matte Poly Profile|
The blacks are blacker and the greens seem more natural on the matte poly than using the standard Vivid Color profile.
Colin says, “Once I uploaded the ICC profile into the C6500, the colors were much better, even dead on. The blacks were blacker and the colors were more vivid. What’s great with the ICC profile is now the print output matches our calibrated monitors. What we see, is what we get!” During our conversation, I learned that Colin calibrates the monitors and televisions using the same Datacolor Studio Kit.
Creating ICC Color Profiles is another way to improve the performance of the C6500. And for me, I can say it is a pleasure to learn about label printing from a smart customer like CBD Startup and printing professionals such as Colin. It’s a real pleasure to work with these types of companies and people.
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