Printer Profiling with IT8 Targets

VueScan Screenshot - Profile Printer Menu Item

Printer profiling is the process of determining the precise color characteristics of a printer. This profile is unique to each paper type and each change to the printer setup options.

To profile your printer with an IT8 target:

  • Profile your scanner (see above)
  • Set Input | Task to “Make IT8 target”
  • Press the Scan button, this will create a print with your printer
  • Insert printout into scanner
  • Set Input | Task to “Profile printer”
  • Press the Preview button
  • If necessary, rotate the preview image so that the grey scale is at the bottom and the letters and numbers can be read normally
  • Adjust size of the VueScan cropping mask until it matches the IT8 target image
  • You may need to readjust the target on the scanner platten and press the Preview button again if the image is at an angle
  • Choose Profile | Profile printer from the drop-down menu
  • The ICC profile will be written to the file specified by Color | Printer ICC profile

If you’ve previously made an ICC profile for a printer, you only need to do the following:

VueScan normally reads and writes the ICC profile for a printer using the file printer.icc. Alternatively, you can type the file name of the ICC profile into Color | Printer ICC profile.