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Visit the Downloads Page

The first thing you need to do is visit the Downloads page, and download the TARGET IMAGE KIT, a “ZIP” file that contains the target image files you will need to print and send to me. A description of the target image specifications is displayed in the table below.  The “RGB Color” target image is required for creating a custom Color profile – used for color printing.  The TARGET IMAGE KIT also includes a profile order form you will need to complete and send me with your order.  If you are using Windows, the “zipped” files can be extracted using WinZip. If you are using a Mac, extract the files with Stuffit.  (If you don’t have this software, there are links below and also on the  Downloads  page that will allow you to obtain usable trial versions).

The Target Image Kit contains TIF image files, which when extracted, will install themselves automatically into separate folders on your computer, as shown in the table below.  The paper size dimensions shown in this table refer to the size of the paper you will need to feed through your printer – each page of the target image is designed to print only on Letter size paper (8½ X 11 in.).  The RGB Color target image contains 1,728 unique color patches, which when printed and evaluated, will allow for the creation of a custom RGB Color printer profile.

 

 

 

Type of Target Image

Paper Size

Actual Printed Size

No. of Pages

No. of Color Patches

RGB Color

8½ X 11 in. (Letter Size)

10.2 X 7.24 in.

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1,728

 

Next, you need to print both pages of the target image.  And this must be done with COLOR MANAGEMENT TURNED OFF.  This should be accomplished as follows:

Download and use the Adobe Color Printing Utility (ACPU) to print your target image pages.  The ACPU will automatically turn your color management off, which is essential to properly printing the target image pages for accurate color measurements.  The Adobe Color Printing Utility (ACPU) is a small disposable software program that will allow you to easily print the target image while also making sure that color management is turned off during the printing process.  Being able to do this is essential!  Adobe printing products are far and away the most popular and frequently used printing apps out there.  But this is a problem when you try to print  the target image pages with color management disengaged.  Most earlier releases of Adobe printing products (Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements) will not allow you to print without color management.  To compensate for this deficiency, Adobe has provided this easy-to-use app (ACPU) that will accomplish the task for you automatically.

While it is possible to print from some non-Adobe software packages with color management turned off, the ACPU is foolproof and easy to use.  You can obtain the Adobe Color Printing Utility (ACPU) from the Downloads page on this website.  Note that there are two versions of this app – one for Windows, and one for Macs (but only Mac OS X 10.6 and later****).  Make sure you download the appropriate version and follow the ReadMe instructions that are included with the download.  When finished printing the target image, you can delete the ACPU software.  You should have no further use for it.

****Note:  If you are using a version of Mac OS X that is older than 10.6 (Snow Leopard), the ACPU will NOT run on your Mac.  You are running an OS that is at least 9 years old.  You need to upgrade!

IMPORTANT:  If you are using Mac OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or later, you should follow the same procedures for installing and using the ACPU as detailed in the ReadMe instructions that are included with the download.  However, when you click on Adobe Color Printer Utility.app to open the application, it may not be immediately apparent that the menu has opened. But in fact, the app menu does open — Look for it to appear on the upper left side of your Mac menu bar at the top of your screen, just to the right of the Apple icon in the corner.  There you will see the name of the app — “Adobe Color Printer Utility” and two menu selections associated with it — a File menu, and a Help menu.  Just follow the instructions from the ReadMe doc that downloaded along with your ACPU.  My experience has been that ACPU will work just fine.  

It may be necessary to find a method other than the ACPU in order to print with Mac OS X 10.15 (Catalina), with color management turned off.  Although the ACPU appears to work okay with this MacOS, Apple has stated that their support for the ACPU in Catalina has ceased.  Take note of this, and upgrade to new operating systems with care.  It is never a good idea to upgrade without being absolutely aware of the consequences. 

Next, you must retrieve the PRINTER SETUP KIT, which provides instructions and screen shots for setting up your printer and your printing software to use with a printer profile.  It is a pretty good bet that you are using  one of the software packages listed below for your image printing workflow.  These are the most popular programs that allow for color management, representing probably 99% of all color-managed printing.  There is a Printer Setup Kit available on the Downloads page for each of the following software packages:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Qimage (Lite/ Pro/ Studio)

Download the Printer Setup Kit for the software you use, and save it to an easily accessible location on your computer.  Once again, you can use WinZip or Stuffit to extract the files contained in the ZIP file.  Here is a description of the files that are included:

  • A PDF file with instructions for setting up your printer driver for printing the target image and for printing with a profile.  Read these instructions very carefully.  Properly printing the target image(s) is critical to getting the best results possible in your profile.
  • A PDF file with instructions for setting up your printing software for printing with your profile after it is delivered to you.

You will need a program that will open PDF documents in order to open each of these files.  If you don’t have such a program, you can get Adobe Reader here (Download Adobe Reader).  Adobe Reader is free and will allow you to easily open PDF documents.  The names of all the PDF files are self-explanatory.  It should be obvious to you which file is which.

How To Obtain WinZip -or- Stuffit

The trial version of either one of these programs (WinZip for PC  -or- Stuffit for Mac) can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links:

WinZip (download here)                 ●                Stuffit (download here)

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