Paper ICC Profiling Challenge

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So I got a good thing going on with paper profiling. I have used i1Match from Gretag Macbeth that came with i1Pro spectrophotometer, and although it got me closer, I was never “right on the money”. Color casts frustrated the heck out of me, but I just did not have to spend 5 thousand dollars on Gretag Macbeth ProfileMaker at the time.

But this is my lucky year. Actually, last year has started the ball rolling. First I found a used Spectroscan and Spectrolino duo with ProfileMaker software, so that just got me straight to the next level. Profiles were so much better than what i1Match software could produce! But was that it? Nah, I needed to keep on going! So I evaluated basICColor Print package, and my profiles went another level up! But this package is not cheap, so I kept on looking for the same quality for less money.

Enter ArgyllCMS. It is free, and the profiles I am getting from it are great. Yeah, they are that good. But it took me a while to figure out what worked and what did not. So it is not for the computer phobic folk. To start, it has command line interface. Linux geeks will feel right at home, but if you are Mac user, you will be venturing into a foreign territory. Fortunately, after months of experimentation the results have reached the level of basICColor Print quality and the price is right – free.

I also tested out i1Publish package with i1Pro, and concluded that either basICColor or ArgyllCMS produce more pleasing (at least to me) profiles. Maybe it is the spectrophotometer, maybe it is the software. For the money it should have been the bomb, but I was left disappointed. If I had to buy the easiest solution with solid profiles, I would use basICColor Print. If I put all my money into hardware (spectrolino & spectroscan) – then I would put in the effort to figure out ArgyllCMS and live on happy. If you do have money and could buy a fancy i1isis XL or Barbieri LFP spectros, I would buy Barbieri and use basICColor (via basICColor Catch 4) with it. With i1isis I would still use basICColor solution.

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