The Digital Dog will create a custom ColorSync/ICC profile for your output device. We will measure the prints and create a custom ICC profile for you to use in any ColorSync/ICC/ICM savvy product.
Profiles can be used on either or both Macintosh or Windows systems.
Custom ICC output profile............................................................... $100.00 (discounts for multiple profiles, email us for rates)
Why use our profile service? We use state of the art hardware and software* and have been building profiles for customers for over 10 years.
We guarantee our profiles (not happy, don't pay). Turn around is usually 24 hours from receipt of targets!
*NEW-Our profile service includes an optional Optimization process! This process can, depending on the printer and driver, improve gray balance. After we build the initial profile, we create a custom 3 page, 2500 patch target and send to you along with your ICC profile. Print, send and we will measure and update your profile as part of the original fee.
NEW: Here is a video showing you how to use the Adobe Color Print Utility for printing targets. If you want to skip all the instructions below, just watch this video!
Instructions (sorry but there’s a number of items you need to pay attention to):
Simply download the appropriate TIFF files and print as described below. Select targets based on the color space and paper size:
If you are printing to A4 sized printer (Target is 8x10.3 inches) use this 2 page 1728 patch target for RGB
If you are printing to A3 tabloid size paper (Target is 10x15 inches) or larger, use this 1 page 1728 patch target for RGB.
NOTE: the A3 and A4 targets are identical expect for size and patch layout. Use which ever works best for your needs.
For output to CMYK devices (printing presses, contract proofs) use this CMYK Target
Custom sized targets can be created if the sizes above will not fit your printer. Send an email and let us know the maximum printable area of your output device.
If image opens in browser, OPTION/ALT click on the above links to download. All files are Zipped for Macintosh or Windows users.
Having problems unzipping files? Be sure to download the latest version of StuffIt Expander (Mac & PC) at http://www.stuffit.com/downloads/index.html
PAYMENT: Be sure to include a check for $100.00 made out to Andrew Rodney. Credit Cards accepted through PayPal! (Click here) Call or Email for more information.
Printing out of Photoshop versions earlier than CS5:
Printing out of Photoshop CS5 and CS6. There is no longer a No Color Management option in the Color Handling popup menu. Watch the video above.
There was an old trick called the Null Profile option in Photoshop whereby you would Assign Adobe RGB to the target and select Adobe RGB as your output profile. This option is no longer possible in CS6 as Adobe filters out such profiles. This is probably a good move as the Null Profile trick sometimes didn’t work properly. Even if you use CS5, we do not recommend you try this Null Profile trick any longer. Use the Adobe Color Print Utility (see #1 below).
You cannot even attempt the Null Profile trick in CS6, it is smart enough to detect if you assign a profile to the target and select the same profile using Photoshop Manages Color:
ATTENTION Mac OS X SNOW LEOPARD USERS. Please read this important information about printing targets http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/solving.shtml.
Contact us if you have any questions about printing targets to a newer Epson printer (drivers newer than 6.5) due to a bug that will produce incorrect output from untagged target files.
Preview 5 can also be used to print these targets successfully but the Adobe utility is still the recommended method to use:
Important, Critical, Warning Will Robinson:
If you're printing from an Ink Jet printer, be sure all your inks are firing (do a head cleaning first). The color patches should output a solid, clean color.
Do not alter the target files in any way other than resampling (NOT RESIZING) if necessary.
The files must be output at 100% of the size downloaded. Do NOT crop off the black triangles.
Guarantee, as seen below, that the black triangles are not cut off! They measure approximately 203mm from side to side.
See the PDF Profile FAQ below for detailed instructions. IF YOUR PRINTER CANNOT print to this size at 100% without cropping, call us for smaller targets.
BEFORE YOU SEND THE 2 PAGE TARGET, DOUBLE CHECK IT MEASURES 203MM OR WE CANNOT MEASURE IT!
Do NOT convert the files in any way when opening these files into Photoshop CS4 and earlier. Targets are untagged and do not need an assigned profile unless you print in CS5.
You can use a type layer to label the targets using Photoshop's type tool if you wish. Targets are in 16-bit. You can resample down to 8-bit for output should your print driver not support 16-bit files (most can).
Preparing the printed targets:
Please note the following about delivery and turn-around time: Profiles are usually built within 24 hours of receipt. Note "issues" with U.S. Mail, including Priority Mail!
If you are in a hurry to have your profiles generated, it is advised that you send via Federal Express or other carrier.
It is not uncommon for the U.S. mail to take over two weeks to deliver to Santa Fe.
*I have upgraded to the newest and best Spectrophotometer on the market, the X-Rite Eye-One iSis. This unit uses a new LED light source and is very effective at dealing with Fluorescent Optical Brightnesses found in so many ink jet papers (See http://www.ppmag.com/reviews/200702_rodneycm.pdf). The iSis makes two measurements types per row of patches, one with and without UV cut filtration. Profiles are generated with the newest X-Rite color engine found in its new i1Profiler software. Even better quality than previous generation profile software products.
If you have any questions about handling these files please call us before you output the targets. Also download the PDF's below
|READ ME FIRST: Profile FAQ
How to print the targets for getting your profiles made and common questions from customers once they receive their ICC profiles
|**Download this test file for visually examining ink density. Used to test best media settings for 3rd party papers|
|How to use these ICC profiles in Photoshop:Using profiles in Photoshop 5.0 though CS4 with printer drivers and Export Modules and how to set drivers to print targets
Using profiles in Photoshop CS2/CS3's Print with Preview (Now called Print in CS3)
For those working with Epson drivers under Leopard (OS X 10.5) read this PDF