Thanks to the standalone Paper Adaptation Tool, you can easily shape a print standard or custom profile to your specific print media, bridging the gap between printing according to a print standard and printing visually consistent colors. The conversion keeps all colors as close as possible to the selected color space, only adapting the media white point. For example, you can calculate a profile for ISO Coated v2 (39L) to ISO Coated v2 (39L) doing a perceptual conversion with regard to the media white point difference between the theoretical standardized world and the real world of the printer.
The Paper Adaptation Tool is designed as a wizard and will take you through the process step by step, taking care of the correct settings to create the profile. The resulting conversion profile can be used in a GMG ColorServer hotfolder.
- Start the Paper Adaptation Tool from the Windows Start Menu.
- Select the color space you want to print, for example ISO Coated v2 (39L).
- Optionally define a maximum TAC.
- Measure or define the white point to personalize the profile.
(Supported measuring device: X-Rite i1.)
- Evaluate the media white point.
- Select a location for the profile.
- Start the calculation.
The Lab white point values are displayed in a table and a graphic view. In the table, you can see the target Lab values (1) compared to the measured or entered values (2). The Difference column shows the difference (Delta E) between target and actual values. This difference is also visually depicted using the two a* and b* color space coordinates and the lightness scale L*. The green circle / green range (3) shows the tolerance range defined by the selected print standard whereas the black cross shows the measured white point. The color of the white point is displayed in a preview (4) on the right side of the value table. To change the values, you can click the Back button and modify the values in the spin boxes.
Evaluating the media white point in the Paper Adaptation Tool.