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What You Need To Send
Once you have printed all pages of the target image with the specific printer and paper you want profiled, complete the order form and choose a name for your ICC profile that will make sense to you. Typically, it is a good idea to always include in the name some reference to both the printer and the paper you are profiling. For example, if you want a profile for your Epson Stylus Photo 2200 with Premium Luster Photo Paper, you might consider a name like: “SP2200_PremLuster” – or perhaps something shorter like: “2200_PL.” Be as creative as you want with your own naming conventions – whatever makes sense to you. Whatever you choose for your profile name will be “sandwiched” between a suffix and a prefix that I provide. The suffix will always be “-yymmdd”, to specify the date of creation. The prefix will always be “A -“, which will group all of the profiles I have created in one place at the top of your list of active profiles. Make sure you write your choice for a profile name in the designated place on the order form, and also on the left side of each page of the target image. There is also a place there to write your name. If you print more than one target, make sure you include a separate order form for each profile you are ordering.
Examine each printed target carefully. The color patches should be free of banding and/or unexpected gaps, and you should allow sufficient time for the ink to dry thoroughly before you pack it up for shipment. Make sure to include on each sheet the name you want for each profile, and also your name. Protect each target image page with a sheet of blank paper against the printed side. You can use a cardboard document mailer – they are available from the post office, from most commercial shippers, or from just about any store that sells mailing/shipping supplies. A standard 9” x 12” manila envelope is also fine, as long as you protect the contents by enclosing one or more pieces of stiff paper or cardboard. If your printed targets arrive bent, crumpled, or torn, they will NOT be usable, and it will be impossible to make profiles from them.
Send all printed pages of the target along with the order form to the following address:Rick Ashford 1603 Millbrook Drive Johnson City, TN 37604-1483 USA
Any method of shipment is okay. I have had good results with shipping methods that provide tracking and delivery confirmation — like U.S. Priority Mail or UPS Ground. And expedited delivery options like Express Mail, Next Day, or 2nd Day – by UPS or FedEx – will also work just fine.
When you send me the package, also send an email message to this email address , which contains the following information:
- Your full name
- Your complete mailing address
- Your Phone number (or numbers) – where you can most easily be reached, and best times to do so
- Email address to which you want the profile order delivered
- Quantity of profiles you are ordering
When you send the printed targets and the above-referenced email, make sure you visit the Purchase page on my website and complete the payment for your profile(s). You have a number of payment options available, including cash, check, or U.S. postal money order. But I prefer that you use my link to PayPal. You can pay by credit or debit card, or by a transfer from your bank account. Among the benefits of using PayPal… you will receive an email receipt immediately, showing the date and amount of payment. Also, I will be able to process your order as soon as it arrives. Sending a personal check is acceptable, but processing and delivering your order may take longer while I wait for your check to clear.
I will deliver your ordered profile(s) as soon as possible after I receive your target(s). The majority of profiles are delivered within one working day of receipt, and frequently delivery will occur on the very same day. But unless there are unusual problems or circumstances beyond my control, it has never taken me more than a few working days to process an order and deliver profiles.
Delivery of your order consists of sending you an email with a personal link to a folder on my website, where you can download your profiles. All the profiles you ordered will be compressed together in a single ZIP file. You will have access to download your profile(s) from my website for at least a week.
The i1Profiler software by X-Rite® allows for the creation of different profile variants, according to your printing needs. You will actually receive three separate versions of each profile that you order. Here is a description of the characteristics considered with the configuration of each profile variant:
- The Colorful variant is configured for maximum vibrancy. Color saturation and contrast have been boosted, probably at the expense of some fine detail rendering, with an emphasis on maintaining neutral gray.
- The Saturated variant boosts saturation and contrast less than with the Colorful variant, and there is less of an emphasis on maintaining neutral gray. The overall impact finds a nice balance between rendering vibrant colors and minimizing loss of detail.
- The Neutral variant is configured to maintain as much image detail as possible and does not boost contrast or color saturation at all. Also, the emphasis on neutral gray (color accuracy) is stronger than the Saturated variant, but less than the Colorful variant.
I strongly recommend that you try each of these three variants. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, and you may find that some of your images will be rendered with more pleasing results, depending on the profile variant you choose to use. The differences between them will probably be subtle. It is very much a matter of personal taste. So please give them all a try.
The printed targets and order forms that you send me will become the property of Profiles by Rick as soon as I receive them, and these documents will NOT be returned to you. I will save them, along with the profiles I create for you – for at least 30 days – in case there are any problems that we need to deal with involving your profiles. (See more details in the section entitled “If You Have Problems…”).