Category Archives: Color Management

An archive of Color Management posts by ILFORD.

Digital Silver Imaging Features ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging (DSI) of Boston is a unique photo lab with black and white, inkjet, and ILFORD in its DNA. Eric Luden, Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperOwner and former ILFORD executive, Eric Luden, brings an insider’s knowledge and perspective to ILFORD inkjet and silver gelatin based media. However, Luden is not looking backward, he is running one of the few labs in the world that is producing silver based museum quality black and white prints on silver gelatin paper directly from digital files. DSI accomplishes this nifty feat by using a laser to expose ILFORD light sensitive photo paper utilizing a modified Durst printer/processor. The resulting prints are actual wet process, silver based gelatin black and white prints (the kind you used to make in trays under a red safelight in the darkroom.)

In addition to producing museum quality silver based black and white prints DSI offers a variety of services including hi-resolution film scanning, digital retouching, mounting, matting, framing, black and white film processing, chemical print toning, and more. And because any lab knows that customers who calibrate and profile their monitors send in better quality files that can be printed with confidence, DSI has also just added X-Rite color management solutions. DSI customers can choose ColorMunki Photo or the NEW display solutions from X-Rite, ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro.  All three of these solutions provide high quality monitor and projector profiles so that you can be certain what you’re seeing on your monitor is what Eric and his staff will be seeing on their monitor when your file arrives at DSI.  So what does all of this have to do with ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper? I’m glad you asked!

Digital Silver Imaging, ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl Inkjet paperDigital Silver Imaging has just introduced new services that include archival color prints. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media will be one of the mainstay options for inkjet print offerings from DSI. “We took the most challenging aspect of digital photography, black and white, and perfected that service. Now we want to create the finest archival color prints for our customers with the same high quality on which we’ve built our reputation,” says Eric Luden. “Using large format Epson printers with HDR inks and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet media brings proven quality on a refined surface that has a superb look and feel.” Recently released print permanence data by Wilhelm Research indicates that the archival properties of this inkjet media with pigment inks is well over 200 years when displayed behind glass in normal room lighting.

Additional options for media including ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk will soon be added so that you can customize your output using DSI. These new color inkjet services are available now so be sure to check out for more information.

Digital Silver Imaging ROES Direct2Print Application, ILFORD, X-RiteDownload the free ROES application Direct 2 Print. You’ll be able to quickly and easily upload your images for printing streamlining your workflow and saving you time.

Eric and his expert team are ready to work with you to make sure you get the highest quality archival prints from your digital image files. Congratulations to Digital Silver Imaging on adding new color archival inkjet prints to their growing list of services.

ILFORD GALERIE is a name you can trust.  Over 130 years in the photographic imaging business makes ILFORD a name that is synonymous with quality, print permanence, and beautiful media. Trust your prints to the archival quality produced by great labs. Try if for yourself. Step up from the ordinary!  Find out what ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl inkjet paper can do for your beautiful photographs.


ILFORD InSite | Printer Settings Using Printer Profiles

Over the years one of the largest hurdles for folks coming to a professional workflow for their inkjet printing involves how to set up the printing software and the print driver so that a paper profile is being used properly. Because operating systems and print drivers vary it’s nearly impossible to address each and every combination in detail. But there are some basic principles that apply no matter what printer or operating system you’re using.

The beginning point for this process, like many things in life, is actually before you even think about printing.  When you’re making corrections and changes to your digital file you’ll want to be doing that on a good quality monitor that is calibrated and profiled. No matter what you do in the printing workflow, if you have made corrections on a monitor that is too bright your prints will end up too dark.  Similarly if the monitor is too yellow, your prints will be too blue, and on and on. If you make corrections to a file on a monitor that is not calibrated and profiled you have no way to know if what you’re seeing on the screen bears even a slight resemblance to what you’ve actually done to the file.  The only way you can effectively work on your files is by using a calibrated and profiled monitor.  X-Rite produces display only color management solutions including ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro that can calibrate and profile both monitors and projectors. These are newly designed state of the art colorimeters that double as ambient light measurement devices. Check them out at

Now that our file is prepared and ready to print it’s time to move on the profile we’ll need for our paper/printer/ink combination.  ILFORD provides you high quality profiles for the most widely used photographic printers. In just a couple of simple steps you can download and install your paper/printer/ink profile.  For simplicity’s sake we’ll call them paper profiles from here on but it’s important to note that these profiles are actually specific to the paper, printer, and ink you’ll be using.  So let’s go get our paper profile and place it where software packages can find it.

ILFORD Printer ProfilesFirst you’ll navigate to Select “Support” from the tabs at the top. You’ll see a dropdown menu there that includes “Printer Profiles.”

Log in or create your own personal ILFORD login. You’ll use this each time you want to access information on the site.

ILFORD Printer ProfilesChoose the type of paper, your printer manufacturer, your particular model of printer, and the surface of paper you’re planning to use.  You’ll see the download link appear once these options have been selected. A .zip file will be downloaded. Simply expand that file to reveal a folder within which are two files.

ILFORD Printer Profile DownloadOne file is the actual profile and the other is a READ ME file that gives you instructions on exactly where to install the profile on your system so that programs like Adobe Photoshop can find the profile for selection when you initialize the actual printing process. Follow these instructions carefully to install the profile in the correct directory in your particular operating system.  And be sure that all Adobe programs are closed or restarted after this process is accomplished.  If you install a profile into a directory with an Adobe program open, that program will not be able to “see” the profile until it has been closed and restarted.

This READ ME file also includes settings for how to use the profile in software packages like Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom. In addition this same file gives you important information for setting the print driver after you’ve configured the software properly and have initiated the printing process.

No matter what operating system, software package, or printer, paper and ink combination you’re using there are four main things you must set properly in a custom printing workflow.

  1. Select the appropriate profile properly in the software package. Remember you’ll want to use the profile that is appropriate for your particular printer, paper, and ink combination.
  2. In the printer driver select the media type.  This is the “kind” of paper you’re using… for instance ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl.
  3. Select the resolution for printing. Again printer drivers will vary on how they describe this setting. See the READ ME file you download for more specific information for your particular situation.
  4. TURN COLOR MANAGEMENT OFF. This imperative refers to turning off color management in the printer driver.  This seems counter intuitive for some because what we’re actually trying to accomplish is … well… color management!

Whether you use the high quality profiles provided by ILFORD or use color management solutions like X-Rite i1Photo Pro, i1Publish Pro, or ColorMunki Photo to make custom printer profiles, setting the printing software and the printer driver properly is essential to getting accurate predictable quality from your paper, printer, and ink combination. Taking the time to set the media type, resolution, and turn color management off in the printer driver gives YOU control of the printed output.  This workflow combined with a calibrated and profiled monitor and good print viewing light can improve your “screen to print” match on your inkjet prints tremendously.

Step up from the ordinary.  Use ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media for your photographic printing and see the difference. Check out print permanence ratings recently published by Wilhelm Research.

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