ICM (Image Color Management) is a Windows colour control function to match apparent colour between different devices such as a monitor and a printer. Apparent colour on the monitor and on the printout is matched based on International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles.
There are three methods of Colour Correction can be applied to satisfy the end user:
|Colour options||Why this option?||Print quality|
|Vivid||Simplest and first option to test colours.||Default Vivid Color values are optimised; but allows you to tweak the colours and appearance. This colour space conforms to Adobe RGB, a popular choice for photographic images.|
|Epson ICC profile||More advanced colour matching, where brand is important.||Use “Epson Standard” to select the best profile based on media, ink type, print mode combination.|
|Own ICC profile||If Epson ICC profile doesn’t match customer requirements.||Used in most cases where the customer uses their own media and are able to produce ICC profiles.|
|None - (Older driver version may instead indicate "No Composite")||Alternative option to choose ICC profile or Color Correction from application instead of the driver, printer of OS.||If no ICC profile is provided, the result may appear darker than default Vivid Colors.|
This method can be generally used to print VIVID labels, easily adjustable using the Printer Preferences Color Correction Mode setting.
Select Printer preferences
You can easily see the comparison of original image vs the Preview as below:
This allow the user to preview the adjustment of Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation as shown above with the following methods:
Click on the circle to adjust the colour. Also, user can adjust the colour by entering values in the [Horizontal and [Vertical] boxes.
User can easily move the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow slide bars to adjust colour.
As explained earlier, ICM is a Windows colour control function and it is matched based on ICC profiles. An ICC profile is a file that describes characteristics of the device such as a monitor and a printer according to ICC standards. It is recommended to use the genuine media & the installed ICC profile.
However, if users want to use other media and ICM, they must create their own ICC profile.
To create an ICC profile, you need a colorimeter and a software program that generates an ICC profile.
Select Printer preferences:
ICC profiles for MK stand for Matte model and BK stand for Gloss Model.
There is an “intent” section in the ICM as shown below picture:
This is to aid Gamut Mapping for ICC profile:
|Perceptual||Smooth gradation takes priority.
Good for photo images.
|Absolute colorimetric||Minimum delta-E takes priority.
Good for spot color matching.
|Relative colorimetric||Minimum delta-E takes priority.
Paper white compensation is applied.
Good for proofing.
|Saturation||Preserving Chroma takes priority.
Good for business graph, CG images.
Let the application to do all the work.
Select Printer preferences:
For information how to use SpotColor with C6x00 Series, please refer to the following article: