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ICC Profiles (Color Correction)What
it does and why you must have it
great sublimation inks are the "heart" of an inkjet process, ICC profiles
are the "brains," and just as necessary as the inks.
Tile using the ICC Profile
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obtain consistently accurate colors from any dye sublimation ink, some form of
color correction must be used. There are many different approaches taken by ink
suppliers to obtain decent colors. However, for optimum results, we use the internationally
recognized ICC color profiles method.
getting overly technical, an ICC profile is basically a custom designed file that
you load onto your computer system. This file takes into account the characteristics
of the specific ink, paper, printer and program being used. Every time you print
from Corel or Photoshop, your printer knows to use this file and therefore prints
is because your program would think it is printing with regular Epson inks. The
ICC profile gives it new instructions. If you don't use our profile, then you
must make your own, or the sublimation inks won't print true colors
The graphics programs used with
our "SI-PI" ICC Profile
- We welcome Nikon View to our list of supported programs.
Nikon View comes with Nikon camera's as
bundled software and has proven to be as good as the Nikon name. It too
has the ability to use the ArTainium ICC profile to correct colors.
With Tropical's award
winning "SI-PI" (See It - Print It) ICC color correction profiles
you can obtain virtually "what you see is what you get" printing.
The profile works with
Hanes SublimationMaker 2.0 and up, Corel Draw v9.0 and up, PhotoShop 5 and up, Novelty Pro 7 and up, Novelty 7 and up, Mural 7 and up and any program that is able to set both the working space to "Adobe RGB (1998)" (or "Internal RGB Frasier (1998)") and the print space to the ArTainium ICC.
A decision needs
to be made about sub maker 2.0. You may want to call them if you need anymore
updates or data. If we are not going to offer it we need to get off the
pot and delete it. It will affect sales and as we know, Novelty is nothing
to brag about either but the choice is yours. Just do it.
- CorelDraw 8 and down, Photoshop LE, Elements, 2.0 version 4 and down, or any
version that comes with a printer, may not work correctly. Your colors may come
out wrong! (these programs do not allow you to set the working space) Other
graphics programs cannot be used, unless you export your image into a supported
program for printing. More
We know not everyone has
or knows how to use these programs, but they are necessary. Unfortunately, a
profile cannot be offered
for every graphics program and many cannot read ICC
profiles anyway. More
many do however (including us), is to create their artwork in a different program
and then copy and paste it onto a blank page in Corel or Adobe, to print it. This
is a very workable solution. When you print, just make sure your graphics and
pictures are printing with RGB values.
printers, inks and profiles work together
Profiles for ArTainium
inks are offered for the current Epson printers: 4800, 1400, R1800 and C88+.
Older Epson printers include:
Ricoh SG 3110DN, Ricoh GXe7700DN, Ricoh GX7000, Ricoh GXe3300, WorkForce30, WorkForce1100, WorkForce7010, C120, R1900, R1800, 1400, C88+, 4880, 1280, C88, C86, C84, C82, 900(4 color), 900(6 color), 980, 3000, 4000, 4800, 4880, 7600, 7700, 9700 printers. No other desktop printers may be used.
Tropical ICC profiles allow you to print predictable colors, without color replacement.
By using one of the printer/graphics possibilities listed above, even a novice
can expect to easily get excellent (and saleable) printed images on their products.
purchasing your ICC profile, you will receive it, and detailed installation instructions,
With the profile, the sublimated image will look very close to what is on
your screen…most of the time. If your eyes can count the hairs on a fly's
leg across the room, see a half percent difference in color shade and you
demand absolute perfection, don't get into sublimation. Stick to "National
Geographic" type photography and use a Heidelberg printing press.
Why do we sound like we are "hedging" the previous glowing words? The reason
is, because we are honest, and want to help you have fun (and profit), with
UV+ inks are terrific, and the profiles that go along with it produce top-level
color transfer reproductions. This still does not make it (or any other process
for that matter) "touch-of-the-finger" perfect, every time.
Many factors interfere with the look of absolute perfection. Here are
- Human eyes are different and therefore see color different.
Our color consultant, for example, has a conniption fit over color variances that
99% of us can't even see.
- The type of material
and shade of white, changes how your eyes see and interpret color. The same print
on white plastic, fabric and ceramic will look different. The same holds true
for a slightly different shade of white, on the same material.
it or not, humidity in your paper will also greatly affect your transferred image.
Guard against humidity, as best you can. For example, never store your transfer
paper on the floor or leave it in the printer, after printing.
images from scanned photographs are copies of copies. By themselves, they seldom
look exactly like the original. The better quality scanners do a better job, and
some skills in Adobe PhotoShop are most helpful, in some needed spot color corrections.
Even pros have to do it occasionally.
is even helpful to remember that you are reproducing prints with relatively inexpensive
equipment. It really does a great job, but it is not a "zillion dollar" Heidelburg
printing press (and even they have to be color managed).
UniSub® tiles in stand
share the above examples to be fair to you and us both. We have never talked to
anyone who didn't want to produce good quality. However, you will have a lot more
fun (and make much more money) if you realize that it is not necessary to worry
about producing original "Rembrandts," to keep your customers happy. Also, remember
that the better you know your graphics program, the easier and better your results
is very important to remember - There is no ink or method that will let you
print a good picture from a bad one, without adjusting the picture. Just because
you can't see the flaws on your monitor, doesn't mean they are not there. A printer
cannot "see" what is on your monitor. It prints using information your
graphics program sends to it about the image.
old saying, "Garbage In, Garbage Out" is true about information
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Realistic expectations help us some also, by eliminating a few complaints that
start off like, "Something
is wrong with your inks. The print I just put on an ash gray T-shirt doesn't look
like the same one I put on a white shirt."
Hang in there with us. You are almost finished, but we need to go look at inkjet
sublimation printing paper. It's very important!