Having inconsistent or incorrect colour in your prints is where
the costs really bite. Ink cartridges and coated paper are very
expensive and to waste them producing endless ‘test’
prints is a sad situation.
Using the printer manufacturer’s standard settings and profiles
will give you average results delivering only about 80% of your
Calibrating and profiling your inkjet printers will give fantastic
results – results that clients love. The difference is like
that between AM radio and cinema sound. However, it is considerably
more involved than profiling for monitors or input devices.
Any decent package for profiling print is expensive. Unless you
use many different paper types or your process is pretty changeable
it may not be worthwhile investing in a profiling package.
These processes are best carried out on-site by colour management
specialists, as the setup of the printer and drivers is critical
to the calibration process. However, if you’re a Virgo, you
might like to try ‘Remote Profiling’.