How-To: Printer Calibration using ColorCal Date: August 2009

Customer Benefits • Color consistency through a quick and easy calibration process. keyboard and mouse. Have the gray scale and Color Control Patches calibration strips available.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Feature Overview Achieving predictable color every time is a major challenge for any business and calibration is the most important aspect in color printing. • • • EFI Educational Services 2 August-09 . This how-to guide will describe the ColorCal method of calibration. Before you begin • Install Command WorkStation 5 on either a Windows or Macintosh client and connected to a Fiery server or use Command WorkStation running on the Fiery controller equipped with a monitor. The Fiery must be connected to a copier that has a scanner and supports ColorCal. Ensure the printer has been calibrated or linerized following the engine manufactures instructions before printing any output. Calibration is essential to maintain a consistent color reproduction despite those environmental changes. Note: Each copier/scanner will have unique steps to scan and import the date into the Fiery Controller Calibrator. using an external measuring device like the ES-1000 spectrophotometer or using the integrated copier scanner or Colorcal method. Objectives of the Exercise • Calibrate the Fiery Server to achieve consistent and reproducible colors using the copier scanner and the ColorCal calibration method. The Fiery controllers offer two calibration methods. Consult Color Printing Guide that was included with the User documentation for the exact step by step procedures to use the scanner to read the calibration pages. All toner based print engines use mechanisms sensible to environmental factors like humidity and temperature.

For this exercise select the ColorCal in the 1. ES-1000 or other supported densitometer or spectrophotometer. Select Measurement Method area. EFI Educational Services 3 August-09 . click Calibrate icon in the toolbar. Calibrate the Fiery Controller using Calibrator with the digital press’s built-in scanner. Standard or Expert. This allows the operator to select the calibration device that will be use. Select the Calibration type to use.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Calibrate using Fiery ColorCal Calibrating the Fiery Controller ensures consistent and reliable color output. Next select the Measurement Method. 3. including the copier scanner (if available). 2. To begin calibration. In the 2. Next select the Calibration Set to use for the media type that is being calibrated. The Calibrator window opens. Check Print Settings area. Select Calibration type and device 1. choose the Media Type menu and choose the appropriate media type that corresponds to the media being use to print the calibration page. 5. For this exercise select Expert. 4.

Select the Input Tray that corresponds to the media being calibrated. Enter the Patch Page number that will be used. Choose the page type from the list below: • • ColorCal Page Single Pattern A randomly selected calibration pattern from 255 available patterns Allows the Operator to specify the calibration pattern from 0 to 255. 8. EFI Educational Services 4 August-09 . 2. 5. Select the Number of copies to print of the calibration page. The color patches are organized by color. 10. Generate Measurement Page area. Select Print scanner calibration page to calibrate the scanner before calibrating the printer. The Print Options window will open. 6. 7. 4. starting from 0% of each color to 100%. The paper size for ColorCal is always LTR/A4. For this example select Patch Page 0.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Print Measurement Page 1. By selecting the Patch Page number the same randomized patch page will be printed each time calibration is performed. For this exercise select Single Pattern. click Print to print the calibration page that will be read by the copier scanner. allowing for comparison of the calibration pages over multiple calibrations. 9. Next in the 3. Patch page 0 is not a randomized patch color page. 3. This can assist with visually comparing calibration pages over time. For this exercise select 10.

For this example select Plain. 7. EFI Educational Services 5 August-09 . 2. Click OK to close the Information dialog window and continue calibration. Select Show Advanced Options to set additional options when printing the Calibration pages. Click Print to print the 10 calibration pages 9. (Note: Not all device will display the Screening mode option). For this example select Dot. The Advanced Options will be displayed in the Print Options window. either Dot or Line. Select the Media Type that matches the media being calibrated.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Show Advanced Options: Print Options 1. 3. 4. Select the Print Screen Mode: that will be calibrated. Click Print to print the 10 calibration pages 6. 10. (Note: Not all devices will display the Media type option). The Information dialog window will open with the message: The print job has been submitted. 5. Click OK to close the Information dialog window and continue calibration 8. The Information dialog window will open with the message: The print job has been submitted.

The color measurements will be retrieved and the printer data will be imported into the Calibrator. To calibrate the scanner. Consult Color Printing Guide that was included with the User documentation for the exact step by step procedures to use the scanner to read the calibration pages. EFI Educational Services 6 August-09 . 11. 6. Get measurements area. Select the Scanner calibration page. 10. Leave the gray scale stip on the copier scanner. Place the scanner calibration page on top of these two control strips as indicated. 4. Place the last print of the ColorCal calibration strip on the copier scanner as indicated in the ColorCal window.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Calibrate the Scanner Note: Each copier/scanner will have unique steps to scan and import the date into the Fiery Controller Calibrator. 1. Retrieve the calibration pages from the printer. 12. 2. The ColorCal dialog window will open. 8. placing the gray scale and Color Control Patches at the top for the scanner as indicated. Remove the Color Control Patches and the scanner calibration page. 5. 7. Click ‘Continue’ to calibrate the scanner. 3. Select Measure from the 4. The scanner measurements will be retrieved and the scanner will be calibrated. Click ‘Continue’ to initial the scan and calibrate the printer. 9. follow the instructions in the ColorCal window.

4. EFI Educational Services 7 August-09 . The Information dialog window will be displayed with the message “The print job has been submitted”. • • The Comparison Page is a predefine test page provide with the Fiery Controller.PS. Comparison Page or Sample Image Page. 2.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Validating Calibration 1. Click Print to print the comparison page. Input Tray and Output Profile appropriate for the media being calibrated 7. Click OK to close the window. For this exercise print a Comparison page. 6. The Sample Image Page option allows the Operator to use a custom color test page loaded into the Fiery Held queue as a PostScript file named CALIB. Select the Paper Size. Select the type of test print to print. The Expert mode of the calibrator allows the operator to print a comparison page. The Test Print dialog window will open. 5. 3. 9. 8. Select Print in the Print pages (optional) area to print a comparison page.

Click Done to close the Measurements vs. The user can also use the Eye icon next to each color to select which colors are being viewed on the chart. 4. 2. Target window will open. The Measurements vs. 5. Click the View button to view the graph showing the measurements compared to the optimal target calibration. the operator can view either the Measurements or Targets. To assist with viewing the chart. The Expert mode of the calibrator allows the operator view a table of the measurements or a graph comparing the actual color measurements to the target color curve. If the measurement lines are not at or above the target.Printer Calibration using ColorCal View Measurements 1. EFI Educational Services 8 August-09 . Target to view the comparison graph. or both together. 7. Take note of the percentage range 90-100. 3. The Measurements curve (thin line) should be above the Target curve (thick line). this may indicate the copier needs a linearization or possible service. 6. Target window. Review the chart. Select the View Measurements menu and choose Measurements vs.

Click OK to close the Information window. The Information window will open displaying the message “Calibration successfully completed. Target chart. Using the Comparison page and the Measurements vs. If the calibration data is acceptable. EFI Educational Services 9 August-09 .” 3. determine if the calibration is acceptable.Printer Calibration using ColorCal Completing the Calibration Process 1. 2. Click Done to complete the calibration process and close the Calibrator window. click Apply. 4.

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