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The Color Management tab displays the settings related to the printing device. The layout of this tab may differ depending on the output device.
Once you choose an ICC Profile, the rest of the fields in the Color Correction group box fill in according to settings stored in the profile. If you change any settings in the Color Correction group box, a warning icon appears next to the field to indicate that the current settings are inconsistent with the settings in the profile.
|Select the desired type of color correction.
|Use color correction
|Activates the color correction settings from the selected ICC Profile.
|Use only linearization
|Activates the linearization settings only from the selected ICC Profile.
|No color correction
|The software uses a generic CMYK profile, instead of a profile generated from actual color measurements of output from the device. Orange and green inks will not be used.
|Select a profile from the list or select Add to add an ICC profile.
|Add: Add an ICC Profile to your list of color profiles.
|Select the media type the output is printed on. To add a new type of media, see Profile Setup for more information.
|Select the print quality for the output. This setting will vary for each type of printer.
|Select the output resolution. A higher DPI value improves the resolution of the job, but slows down the output.
|Select the color mode that matches the inks set in the printer.
|Select the dithering for the output.
|Dither Type is the pattern in which the individual dots that make an image are applied to the media. Each dither type has advantages in terms of quality and RIP speed. The default dither type is usually the best setting for your machine.
|The software offers several dithering options to optimize your output. Usually, quality and speed are a tradeoff.
|The available patterns are:
|SO Diffusion is an obsolete method and is no longer used by Production Manager. It has been replaced by Enhanced Stochastic. You will be prompted to update all of your profiles automatically, or it is suggested you find or create new ones.
|Produces high-quality images. The enhanced image quality requires intensive processing.
|Error Diffusion 2
|Similar to Error Diffusion 2. This dither applies a curve prior to linearization. This is necessary for printers with ink coverage curves that go up too steep too fast.
|A fast dither method.
|An enhanced version of the error diffusion method. While it takes longer to RIP (5-6 times more than FMXPress), it provides the highest detail and contrast for most inkjet printers.
|Provides a balance between image quality and RIP time.
|A faster option, as far as RIP times are concerned. It is best used for large prints that are viewed from a considerable distance.
|Designed for use with thermal printers to produce vibrant, saturated colors. This is also produces screen print positives. Click Edit to set advanced options. See Setting Dither Options for Angled Screens for more information.
|Rational Angled Screen
|An angled screen dither type that is better at lower resolutions with smaller cell sizes.
|Stochastic dither types are faster than error diffusion based dithers, but provide slightly less quality. They can give better results in case of clogged nozzles, low resolutions and asymmetric resolutions.
|Enhanced Stochastic 2
|Similar to Enhanced Stochastic. This dither applies a curve prior to linearization. This is necessary for printers with ink coverage curves that go up too steep too fast.
|Click to set advanced color correction properties. See Setting Advanced Color Correction Properties for more information.
|Enables 16 bit rendering. This increases the quality of gradients but significantly uses more processing time.
|Simulates the output of one printer on another. You can simulate a large format job on a small format printer. This can also be used to conform to standards such as Gracol or Fogra.
|Use color mapping
Check to print spot colors based on settings in global and custom color mapping. Click Color Mapping to set custom color mapping options. See Using Custom Spot Color Mapping for more information.
Note this option only shows in Default Job Properties
|Ignores any overprint settings that may exist in job