How to Manage Color for Sublimation printing?
To sum up, color management is the process of managing colors so that they come out the way you expect them to and to make this consistent every time. There are many variables in the process of printing. This includes the inks, the printer and the canvas that have to be considered. In sublimation printing, Color Management uses a color profile to profile the sublimation inks, the printer, and the canvas in order to achieve predictable color. When we use the color profile, we keep all three of these variables consistent so that the final color output is consistent as well. With color profiles, you are able to achieve more predictable results. Most of the time, color management is used to match – as closely as possible – the colors that are printed out compared with what is shown on your screen.
What is a Color Profile?
A color profile is something that we create to convert colors more accurately. When converting colors without a color profile a lot of inaccurate guessing is done by the computer. By providing a profile, we eliminate much of the guesswork and if some guessing is required, the profile gives the computer more information to make a better informed guess than without a profile. For instance if your third party inks tend to print colors a tiny bit more red, this information is given to the computer to adjust for the red tint when using a color profile. In sublimation, when you buy sublimation inks from your supplier, they will normally provide you with either an ICC profile or a Power Driver (embedded color profiles are in the Power Driver).
Why is Color Management Necessary?
Without some form of color management, it would be very difficult to print anything that has color as you wouldn’t know the final result. Without color management, it’s anyone’s guess how your image would come out on paper compared to the screen. Color Management basically takes out the guess work in printing. With a profile, you know that the color you are seeing on the screen is more likely to be the same color that comes out on paper or on your substrate.
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