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Printer Profiling with IT8 Targets

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:

  1. Profile your scanner (see above)
  2. Set Input | Task to "Make IT8 target"
  3. Press the Scan button, this will create a print with your printer
  4. Insert printout into scanner
  5. Set Input | Task to "Profile printer"
  6. Press the Preview button
  7. If necessary, rotate the preview image so that the grey scale is at the bottom and the letters and numbers can be read normally
  8. Adjust size of the VueScan cropping mask until it matches the IT8 target image
  9. You may need to readjust the target on the scanner platten and press the Preview button again if the image is at an angle
  10. Choose Profile | Profile printer from the drop-down menu
  11. 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:

  1. Set Color | Printer color space to "ICC profile"
  2. Set Color | Printer ICC profile to the file name of the ICC file

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.