What is a Paper Profile?
The colour profile of an output device describes its colour reproduction capabilities. This is dependent to a large degree on the materials used. For example, the following would be considered: * the material being printed on (e.g. paper type) * the colours being printed * the toners being used for printing * parameters such as screen width, screen angling and resolution
Therefore, a colour profile for an LED printer only provides good results for a specific paper and toner combination, and a printing press colour profile is good only for a specific paper and specific screen settings. When you use profiles, please pay close attention to the uses for which they were created.
Best Colorproof is not a profile creation software tool. However, paper profiles for your printer and various reference profiles for standard printing processes are installed along with the Best Colorproof software. The CD-ROM labelled "2" includes more profiles. You will need software from other providers to create your own profiles. Also, many providers offer ICC profile creation services.
Each device is equipped with a different array of colours, in other words, it can reproduce a different subset of all visible colours. Precise reproduction of all colours is only possible if the proof printer has an array of colours that is at least as large, or better, larger than the array of colours on the device to be simulated.