[scribus] Setting up color management

Alan Tutt alan at powerkeyspub.com
Wed Nov 4 19:34:51 CET 2009

Hi Hal,

Thanks for the reference on color meters.  I didn't know they could be 
purchased that cheaply.  I also didn't know about profiling services.  I'll 
look into both of those.

I completely understand your reasoning about custom profiles.  Using the 
supplied ICC profile for the printer was pretty much the only option I 
could find.

- Alan Tutt

On Wednesday 04 November 2009 01:09:09 pm Hal V. Engel wrote:

> For calibrating and profiling the monitor you should be using a color
> meter or spectrophotometer like a Huey, Eye-One Display 2, Eye-One Pro
> or ColorMunki. Devices like the Huey are fairly inexpensive ($50 to $60
> plus shipping) so getting a good monitor calibration and profile is with
> in reach of most individuals.
> > > I'm not sure how to produce a custom profile for the printer.
> >
> > You need a special measurement device for that and tools from Argyll
> > CMS.
> >
> > With beta version of Argyll (1.1.0beta) you can use X-Rite's
> > ColorMunki measurement device that allows profiling both display and
> > printer.
> Spectrophotometers are more expensive and even an entry level device
> like a ColorMunki will run about $320 to $350 discounted and you may be
> better off using a profiling service.  There are profiling services that
> will create custom printer profiles for as little as $25.  But remember
> that you need separate profiles for each work flow (IE. typically for
> each paper used).
> You may be asking "Why can't I use the profile from the printer vendor?"
>  There are three reasons.
> 1. The vendor supplied profile is probably intended for Windows and the
> drivers are not the same as you are using on a Linux system.  Since the
> driver has a major impact on the reproduction characteristics of the
> printer a profile created for use on Windows simply will not work on a
> non-Windows machine.
> 2. The profile needs to be specific to not only the driver being used
> but also all other aspects that affect reproduction such as the type and
> brand of paper, toner brand/type, drivers settings (resolution,
> dithering, media type...) and perhaps even other aspects of your work
> flow.   That is the profile is specific to YOUR work flow.
> 3. There is significant sample to sample variation in any mechanical
> device including printers.  For printers this means that two printers of
> the same model will have somewhat different characteristics even if
> operated under exactly the same conditions.  That is the profile is
> specific to YOUR printer.
> Hal
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