The application of colour management systems to improve the quality of ink jet printing on fine art paper
Parraman, C., Wang, H. Q. and Purcell, J. (2003) The application of colour management systems to improve the quality of ink jet printing on fine art paper. In: Thompson, R. and Manning, A., eds. (2003) Conference Proceedings of the Second International Conference on: Preservation and Conservation Issues Related to Digital Printing and Digital Photography. Institute of Physics, pp. 78-83. ISBN 0750309911
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There have in recent years been improvements in the quality of print achieved using large format inkjet printers with stable pigmented ink sets on fine art inkjet papers coated with an ink receptive layer. Increasingly professional photographers, graphic artists, printmakers and artists from all disciplines are using inkjet technology to produce prints. Existing uncoated fine art papers can also offer a rich variety of substrates for inkjet printing. An identified problem is the colour variation between prints produced on coated and uncoated papers. This however can be remedied through correct linearisation and profiling. Colour management using ICC profiles is a very useful method to improve the quality of digital inkjet printing. The Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE and John Purcell Paper have undertaken research into digital printing on coated and fine art papers. The aim of the research was to develop a series of standard and bespoke ICC profile for a range of specialist coated and uncoated fine art papers, inks and printers. This paper focused on methods for the creation of profiles and an evaluation of both coated and uncoated fine art paper. A number of fine art papers with various weights and surfaces including 42gsm Japanese paper, 300 gsm Somerset, 100% cotton mould made paper, coated inkjet paper including Somerset Enhanced and Hahnemuhle inkjet paper were used as samples to make ICC profiles. An HP5000 large format printer with both dye and pigment(UV)ink and inkjet printers were used. For ICC profile making black generation setting can influence the effect of profile directly. The settings of total area coverage (TAC), grey component replacement (GCR) are very important options for different substrates of paper. These options were evaluated by comparisons of colour gamut, lightness, colour differences, and psychophysical experiments. The results were analysed and suggestions for suitable fine art paper chosen for inkjet printing and black generation setting for profile making were given. This paper was given at the Second International Conference on: Preservation and Conservation Issues Related to Digital Printing and Digital Photography at Heriot-Watt University.