All Canson® Infinity media have been developed to meet the expectations and needs of artists, photographers and printing laboratories working with the Epson inkjet printing technology.
We offer on this website free generic ICC profiles designed for EPSON Stylus Photo (above 8 colours) and EPSON Stylus Pro for professional Fine Art & Photo printing.
The profiles for EPSON printers are created using Matte Black inks when printing on Matte papers and Photo Black inks when using Glossy papers. Please carefully look at the media settings table.
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:
Check the specifications of your graphic card
Check that your monitor is well calibrated and profiled
Check that you printer does not have any ink problems (blocked ink lack of ink, etc..) and that you are using printer manufacturer’s inks
Look at your Adobe PhotoShop settings – you need to work in a RGB colour space
Optimum room temperature: 20-25°C (68-77°F)
Optimum room humidity: 40-60% relative humidity
Optimum viewing light: 5000K
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.
Save the icc profile in the correct location on your computer so that the application can access it:
Mac OS X : /Library/ColorSync/Profiles
Mac OS 9.x : System Folder/ColorSync Profiles
Windows 2000, XP, Vista : \Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color
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.
Windows NT : \Winnt\system32\color
Windows 98/ME : \Windows\System\Color
If your Photoshop software is open, you will need to reboot it to be sure that the profiles have been loaded in the application.
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 media 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
8. Go to "Print Settings" via the pull down tab “Copies & Pages” and choose the right media type.
Please read the recommended media settings chart if you are unsure of the media option to choose.
9. Click on "Advanced Settings"
- Print Quality : 1440dpi
- Printing speed: Super, High Speed (High speed is synonymous with Bidirectional Printing; this means that the print head will lay down ink as it moves across the paper in both directions (right-left).
10. Go to "Printer Color Management" in the "Print Settings" (Figure 4) pull down tab
- "Color management": OFF
This allows the selected ICC profile to make needed adjustments without using the printer driver automatic corrections.
For PC users, this option can be found under the ICM option in the "print settings" dialogue box.
11. Click Print
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.