Making two printers Match with ColorServer - SmartProfiler Lab
Printers need to be of the same type/technology. Meaning same ink, print head type, media, etc.
1. Launch the ColorServer Client
2. Duplicate Printer A mx3- rename
3. Duplicate Printer A conversion template, rename. Replace mx3 in conversion template with mx3 created in step 2.
4. Duplicate Printer A PDF Hotfolder, rename.
5. Select Conversion template created in step 3.
6. Change name of paths from “Printer A\Input” to “Printer B\Input” and “Printer A\Output” to “Printer B\Output”
8. Go to Printer RIP/DFE and make sure the new template/workflow for Printer A is the same as Printer B except it will be monitoring the Printer B output folder instead of the Printer A output folder.
9. In the CS Client, go to Hotfolders and right click on the Printer B hotfolder and calibrate as usual.
Note: If unable to successfully calibrate using the duplicated mx3, you may have to do a new linearization for Printer B using the RIP/DFE for Printer B. Once the new linearization is done, try re-calibrating again.
MX3 (Calibration) is unique for Printer A and B.
MX4 (Conversion Profile) is the same for Printer A and B.
DB3 (Spot Color Database) is the same for Printer A and B.
After a successful calibration your CMYK and spot colors will match between Printer A and B.
Making two printers Match with ColorServer - SmartProfiler Spectral/Multicolor
1. In ColorServer Client, after creating a SmartProfiler Spectral profile for your first press, export the measurement data from within the wizard as a CGATs text file.
***If in the future there is an added linearization step, you will create an individual linearization for each printer that is not shared between SmartProfiler wizards. You do not need to export the linearization from the first wizard.
2. Create a new SmartProfiler Spectral wizard and name it for the second printer, and ensure you choose identical settings to the first wizard - including ECG channel names, TAC, chart size, etc.
2a. Again, IF THERE IS AN ADDED LINEARIZATION STEP AT SOME POINT, you would linearize the printer at this stage and then continue on.
3. Import the Printer Color Space cgats file you exported from the other wizard and choose the same separation settings.
4. Calculate and Finalize. Your profiles and resources and OC project will be created individually for this second printer.
5. The spot color Separation Rule which is used will be calculated individually for each wizard - for a user to have a single spot library in OC to make adjustments to rather than having to edit one per printer, go into the Conversion resource, double click on the Spot Color Set, delete the Separation Rule Spot Set, and add back in the main one. Do not forget this step and ensure the customer is fully aware of which spot color Separation rule in which Project is their main library.
6. Recalibrate each wizard. Always recalibrate right after creating the new profiles before you get all excited to print out visual test forms for comparison!
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