[argyllcms] printer profiles - how to get max black

  • From: "Mike Russell" <geigy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 03:18:33 -0800

I'm successfully making RGB profiles for my printers, using a DTP22, argyll's 
targen and printarg (to create the target), Xrite's ColorPort software, the 
cpxchg utility to convert argyll ti2 and ti3 files to and from ColorPort and 
argyll's profile command.  I'm reasonably confident that ColorPort and cpxchg 
provide a way for most Xrite instruments to feed into argyll.  Many thanks to 
Graeme for his help in outline a method for debugging the workflow - this 
turned out to be key, as well as a Photoshop based procedure documented at 
InkJetArt.com.  My next step will be to "tune" the profiles to get a more 
accurate gray ramp, as Graeme described in an earlier post, but that's for 

One remaining problem - the profiles I create are satisfactory, but for one of 
my printers the PCS value for black, Lab(0,0,0), yields an RGB value of 
RGB(13,8,2).  This is very close to black, but measures as a slightly lower 
density than a max black.  The profile is probably attempting to compensate for 
the rather cool black of this printer by adding red-orange.  Is there a way 
that I can specify that black should map to RGB(0,0,0)?

Mike Russell

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