Settings for HP inkjet printing technology


All Canson® Infinity media have been developed to meet the expectations and needs of artists, photographers and printing laboratories working with the HP inkjet printing technology.
We offer on this website free generic ICC profiles designed for HP Stylus Photo (above 8 colours) and HP Stylus Pro for professional Fine Art & Photo printing.
We recommend you follow our advice and respect each step described below to get the best printing results.

 

What is an ICC profile?

An ICC profile will enable you to maximise the print quality and reproduce accurately the original colours, by calibrating the printer settings prior to printing. Because each paper has a slightly different shade, surface structure and reacts differently, it is important that use the ICC profile that is specifically designed for this paper.

 

Settings before printing


Please remember that other factors need to be configured to optimise the print results: Because of personal preferences, printing conditions and the type of image you are printing, the printer settings may need to be adapted. We recommend you experiment with different settings to reach the preferred look for your prints.
 

Profile installation


Save the icc profile in the correct location on your computer so that the application can access it: You can right-click on the ICC profile and choose to install
Important Note : If you are replacing a profile in Windows XP, the above shortcut does not work. The profiles must be manually copied to the correct directory for the original profile to be replaced. If your Photoshop software is open, you will need to reboot it to be sure that the profiles have been loaded in the application.If your Photoshop software is open, you will need to reboot it to be sure that the profiles have been loaded in the application.
 

Printer settings


Once you have downloaded and installed the profile and carried out the colour corrections and image adjustments, save your work before printing.

1. Go to "File" then "Print with Preview" (CS3 go to File... Print) and make sure the show more options box is checked.
- On Page Setup, choose the printer and paper size
- Click OK to go back to the "print preview"window
2. Select "Colour Management tab", Check that the document source space is selected and set to Adobe RGB 1998
3. In "Print Space", select the profile adapted to your media type.
- In the selection labeled "Color Handling", choose "Let Photoshop Determine Colors" and choose the custom/canned icc profile we provided for the paper you are using.
- Please read the recommended printer settings chart if you are unsure of the profile to use.
4. Rendering Intent: Perceptual
5. Black Point Compensation: ON
6. Click “Print”.
7. Select your printer (Figure


8. Go to "Paper Type/Quality" (Figure 3) via the pull down tab "Layout" and choose the right paper type and change quality to "Maxium dpi".
Please read the recommended printer settings chart if you are unsure of the media option to choose.


9. Under "Source", designate either "Main Tray" or "Specialty Tray" depending on your paper type.
10. Click Print


What is a "paper preset"?


A paper preset is an installable package that extends the default selection of papers pre-installed on your HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer.
It contains all the necessary settings and parameters to work with optimal image quality, productivity, and reliability with your added media.
The paper presets include the ICC profile and many additional settings related to the printer-ink-paper interaction, like: total ink volume, gloss enhancer volume, star wheels position, media name, etc…


Downloading and installing the preset


Download the oms file bearing the name of the printing material you wish to use. You will find thereafter installation instruction for OS X and Windows operating systems. After the installation, a new entry will be found for your paper preset on the printer’s front panel. 1. Open the HP Printer Utility application
2. Select the option Import Paper Preset inside the HP Color Center, click on Import.


3. The HP Z3200 Web Server will open. Click on Choose File to select the paper preset (.oms file) that was previously downloaded.


4. Click on the Update button and wait for the update process to finish. It may take some time. The printer will automatically restart when the update is complete; wait until it has restarted and the front panel indicates that it is ready.
5. HP Printer Monitor will automatically display a pop-up window to update the paper list on your computer, click on Solve.
6. The new paper type will appear in the Additional paper or Custom paper category in your printer's front panel. Also, the ICC profile will be automatically installed in your computer and ready to use by your imaging software.
  1. Once the paper preset file is copied to the computer, open the HP Printer Utility software.
2. Select the HP Color Center tab and click on Import Paper Preset.


3. The HP Z3200 Web server will open. Click on Browse to select the paper preset (.oms file) downloaded previously, then click on Update.


4. Wait for the update process to finish. It may take some time. The printer will automatically restart when the update is complete; wait until it has restarted and the front panel indicates that it is ready.
5. HP Printer Monitor will automatically display a pop-up window to update the paper list on your computer, click on Solve.
6. The new paper will appear in the Additional paper or Custom paper category in your printer's front panel. Also, the ICC profile will be automatically installed in your computer and ready to be used by your imaging software.

 

Using the media preset


Now that you have completed the procedure, load the media in the printer, select the new media from the printer front panel: Main Menu > Paper Types List > Additional Papers category and run the calibration. To do this, just select Main Menu > Image Quality Maintenance > Calibrate color from the printer front panel.

Canson® recommends using the Gloss optimizer on
- Photo HighGloss Premium RC 315g/m²
- PhotoGloss Premium RC 270g/m²
- PhotoSatin Premium RC 270g/m²
- Platine Fibre Rag 310g/m²
- Baryta Photographique 310g/m²
 

FAQ - Paper Presets


Why is the paper preset that I have just created grayed-out in my Mac driver?
In Mac OS X v10.5, when you try to select the paper preset that you have just created in your paper type list on the driver, it might be grayed-out. This is a problem of interaction between the color settings and the paper types in this operating system version. Just select ‘Any’ in the paper type list of the driver, and the printer will work with the paper preset that you have selected in the front panel of your printer.

How many paper presets can I install in my printer?
The number of additional paper presets that you can install in your printer is 30. This includes the paper presets that you download from the web and the paper presets that you create through the Printer Utility 'Create Paper preset' option.

How to remove an installed paper preset?
It is to be noted that preinstalled paper presets cannot be removed. If you want to delete a paper preset you have installed to make room for installing another one, please follow these instructions: 1. Select the paper that you want to delete from the Paper Preset Management screen in the HP Printer Utility.
2. Click on the wheel icon and then click on 'Delete Paper Preset' 1. Go to Paper Preset Management inside the Color Center and select Delete Paper Preset.
Follow the instructions on the screen.

How to download the latest available firmware and drivers:
Go to the HP Knowledge Center for the Z3200 or the Z3200ps. On the upper, right-hand side of the page (in the orange box), click on the “Drivers, software and firmware” tab.


These profiles are provided free of charge. Canson is not liable for any loss incurred to the fullest extent permissible by law. All efforts have been made to insure the best possible quality of this ICC profile. However, other parameters can affect the accuracy of the printing profile. Further optimisation may be needed.