Category Archives: Printer Profile

An archive of Printer Profile posts by ILFORD.

NEW Video! Download and Use ICC Profiles for ILFORD Inkjet Papers

 

Josh Fischer ILFORD Product ManagerJosh Fischer explains in step by step detail how to download and install ICC profiles from www.ilford.com.   These profiles are specific to the paper, printer, and inks that you are using. There are many profiles available for a variety of printer and paper combinations.  To get the very best from your ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper it’s important to use the correct profile. Click on the viewer below to  see this new video!

We’ll soon have another tutorial for using the profiles.  But for now remember that when you select a printer profile in Photoshop or Lightroom you’ll need to make sure THREE things are set properly in your print driver before printing:

  1. Set the media type – the print driver will be defaulted to the last used media type. Make sure the media type is set properly for the paper you’re using.
  2. Set the resolution – you’ll find recommendations at www.ilford.com or click on “Printer Driver Settings” at the top of the page here on the blog.
  3. Turn color management OFF in the printer driver – when you use a profile you need to disable color management in the driver to avoid “double color managing” which will not give you a good result.

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ILFORD Imaging Photo Plus Expo Wrap Up

ILFORD Imaging at Photo Plus ExpoWe’ve just come back from Photo Plus Expo in New York where the ILFORD Imaging booth was always busy. We were actively printing photos on ILFORD GALERIE inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon.  We were also using new profiles made for the PIXMA PRO-1 and ILFORD GALERIE papers. We sat down with Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD Imaging to talk about the show. Be sure to check out the video below by the folks at Photo Bay.

ILFORD blog: ILFORD Imaging exhibited at the recent Photo Plus Expo in NYC. What was your impression of the reaction of folks to ILFORD inkjet papers there?

 Jane Dixon: We had a fantastic reception from visitors to our stand at Photo Plus, who particularly enjoyed the chance to see prints being made from the new Canon PIXMA PRO-1 on our professional GALERIE media. We found that there was particular interest in our GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, a traditional fibre based paper and Smooth Lustre Duo, a truly double-sided media great for portfolios and wedding albums as the results were just stunning.

As the Photo Plus Expo has such a focus on new technology it was the perfect time to unveil our GALERIE ICC profiles for Canon’s new PIXMA PRO-1 printer, and we look forward to hearing customer’s feedback on the results they’re getting from the new profiles when they try them at home or in the workplace.

Ib: ILFORD Imaging specializes in coatings of inkjet paper for digital photographers right?

JD: That’s correct, we are passionate about providing photographers with high quality paper they can trust to give them professional results, and the unique coatings on our paper enable photographers to achieve this in every circumstance. Our GALERIE Professional Inkjet range comes in two distinct versions – GOLD and SMOOTH. We have a dedicated research and development team in Switzerland who have developed this range to make sure that it meets all the demanding needs of photographers, now and in the future.

Ib: What about ink technology? Does ILFORD also make ink for inkjet printers?

JD: ILFORD is a world leader in the advancement of technology for the imaging industry, and one of the services offered by our research & development team is dye and ink development. ILFORD has more that 50 years’ experience in dye research and we use our expertise to create dyes which are used in today’s inkjet printers. This is a service we provide to the industry so you won’t see these products sold under the ILFORD name, but nonetheless our ink technology work is a central element to what we do and it gives us a very wide area of expertise.

Ib: The fact that ILFORD has extensive knowledge of ink technology in addition to its expertise with coatings for inkjet media is a real plus isn’t it?

JD: Our aim is to provide an unrivalled range of products for the imaging industry, so having expertise in both ink technology and coatings for inkjet media certainly enables us to meet the demanding needs of today’s inkjet marketplace. I think that our all-round appreciation and knowledge of the craft of imaging is the reason why we are so well trusted and respected by the photographers who use our products.

As Jane said we already have profiles available for all our inkjet papers using the new PIXMA PRO-1 printer from Canon.  CLICK HERE to go to the portion of www.ILFORD.com where you can download printer profiles for all kinds of inkjet printers including the newest release from Canon.

The folks from Photo Bay also did a short video piece featuring Jane Dixon of ILFORD.  Have a look below and see why you can join other professional photographers and “Step up from the ordinary” with ILFORD inkjet papers for professional photographers. In this short video Jane talks about why ILFORD inkjet paper is superior and walks us through the line of ILFORD inkjet papers available for professional photographers.

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 www.xritephoto.com.

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 www.ILFORD.com. 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.

ILFORD Galerie Inkjet papersLearn more about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media at www.ILFORD.com. And be sure to “like” Ilford Imaging on Facebook and @ilfordimaging on Twitter.