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What are custom printer profiles ?

Custom printer profiles are individually made files that calibrate a specific individual printer to one type of paper with one inkset at one specific set of printer driver settings.


What can a custom profile do for me ?

A custom made profile will ensure that your printer is delivering the closest matched output to the data it receives. This should make prints more predictable and reduce, or eliminate, the need to make corrections to the photograph you see on your monitor to make it match the final printed photograph.


With greater predictability you will need to make fewer reprints.


By carefully measuring exactly what your own printer can output, custom profiles may be able to print a wider range of colours than the manufacturer's generic profile.


Custom profiles can be made for any ink or paper combination, so you can print with a proper colour managed workflow on papers not made by the original printer manufacturer.


You may be able to make considerable savings in paper costs by not being tied to having to use the manufacturer's own paper to get the best results from your printer.


What a custom profile CAN'T do

Correct for poorly set up monitors.


Print more colours than the ink and paper will allow.


Cure incompatibilities between paper and ink, e.g. gloss diffential.


Cure metamerism, but an accurate profile may help reduce the effect.