[Openicc] GoSoC 2011: CPD and target printing

Graeme Gill graeme at argyllcms.com
Thu May 12 20:10:00 PDT 2011

Michael Sweet wrote:
> There are very few applications that actually have everything needed to print a target
> and generate a profile. Even Adobe Photoshop doesn't do it. That said, I am not saying
> there is only one application that does #1, but that the application in #1 is distinct
> from a normal user application that prints (using #2).

They aren't necessarily connected though. A profiling application will either
1) produce an image file (ie. PS, .tiff, PDF etc)
or 2) produce and print the test file.

In the case for 1), the application actually used to print the test chart
will typically be a normal application, using a normal print dialog. It's
actually good color management practice to print the test chart through
exactly the same workflow as will be used for the color managed work,
to ensure that all the processing the same.

In case 2) the color management application will be typically using the
normal print dialog since this is the natural interface with the system.

Doing anything else requires extraordinary effort, and risks bad profiles
due to some processing detail being different.

Graeme Gill.

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