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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6450 Manual

Large-format printers calibration link setup guide.
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CALIBRATION LINK SETUP GUIDE
Ver.1.00
Canon Inc.

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  • Page 1 CALIBRATION LINK SETUP GUIDE Ver.1.00 Canon Inc.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Q2. HOW DO I ADD A PRINTER TO USE? ................ 30 Q3. HOW DO I ADD A COMPUTER TO USE? ..............31 Q4. HOW DO I ONLY USE CALIBRATION LINK WITH GENUINE CANON PAPER? ..31 Q5. WHAT DO I DO IF I RECREATED THE CUSTOM MEDIA INFORMATION? ....31 Q6.
  • Page 3: Overview Of Calibration Link

    OVERVIEW OF CALIBRATION LINK Calibration link is a color management system exclusive to Canon that delivers a mean color difference of ΔE ≤ 2.0 in the printing results between printers that support calibration link The color management in calibration link is able to print using the same color tones between...
  • Page 4: Color Calibration Using Custom Paper

    Paper where feeding through the printer has been confirmed under standard testing conditions by Canon. Custom paper is paper that does not correspond to any genuine Canon paper or Canon feed confirmed paper. OPERATING CALIBRATION LINK Calibration link is operated by using the Color Calibration Management Console color management utility (hereinafter CCMC) that is included with printers that support calibration link.
  • Page 5: Calibration Link Environment And Paper Conditions

    ・ Since the recommended use environment varies according to the paper type, use within the recommended environment range suiting the paper type. ・ For details on the recommended environmental conditions for genuine Canon paper, see the "Paper Reference Guide". "Paper Reference Guide" can be installed on the computer from the "User Software CD-ROM"...
  • Page 6: Paper That Can Be Used With Calibration Link

    PAPER THAT CAN BE USED WITH CALIBRATION LINK Genuine Canon paper Calibration link is possible with the paper marked with "Yes" in the following table. The paper that can be used with calibration link varies depending on the Country or Region of Use selected when the MCT was installed.
  • Page 7 Glossy paper, semi-glossy paper, proofing paper, coated paper, art paper * For the sizes of rolls that can be used with a printer, check the catalog or Canon website. Please understand that Canon offers absolutely no guarantee regarding the print quality or feed properties of custom paper.
  • Page 8: Setting Up Calibration Link

    ・ The paper you want to match the colors on using color calibration ・ A printer with a spectrophotometer unit mounted (Calibration link does not need to be performed if you are only using genuine Canon paper) ・ A printer that supports calibration link ・...
  • Page 9 Load the custom paper in the printer performing calibration link, and execute paper feed adjustment and color calibration from the control panel. The setup if you are performing calibration link only on genuine Canon paper is only to execute color calibration. Refer to "6. EXECUTE PAPER FEED ADJUSTMENT AND COLOR...
  • Page 10: Prepare The Computer For Managing Paper

    From the start menu > All Programs > iPFxxxx Media Configuration Tool > iPFxxxx Media Configuration Tool. Mac OS X From the Applications menu > Canon Utilities > iPFxxxx Media Configuration Tool > MCTxxxx.app. Click the Add and Edit Custom Paper button in the Media Configuration Tool main...
  • Page 11 Select the printers to perform calibration link on in Printer in the Select Printer dialog box and click the Next button. Check that there is no existing custom paper in the printers or printer drivers in the Added Custom Paper list. If there is existing custom paper, it all needs to be deleted first.
  • Page 12: Add The Custom Paper To The Printer With Spectrophotometer Unit Mounted

    2. ADD THE CUSTOM PAPER TO THE PRINTER WITH SPECTROPHOTOMETER UNIT MOUNTED Use the MCT installed on the computer for managing paper to add the custom paper to the printer with spectrophotometer unit mounted and the printer driver, and then create the calibration target.
  • Page 13 Select the category that you think is the closest to the custom paper you are adding. The media type names of the Canon genuine paper and feed confirmed paper within the selected category are shown in Media Type Name. Select the media type to use as the basis of the custom paper, and click the Next button.
  • Page 14 The Step 2: Set the custom paper name dialog box is displayed. Enter an arbitrary name to display in the printer control panel and printer driver, and then click the Next button. Depending on the selected standard paper, you might not be able to enter the Name in Printer Driver and add the created custom paper to the printer driver as-is.
  • Page 15 Since Step 4: Paper feed adjustment is automatically performed when creating the calibration target later, it is omitted at this point. Click the Next button. 10. The Roll Paper Settings dialog box is displayed.
  • Page 16 Configure the following settings as necessary, and then click the Next button. Setting Details Configures the method for cutting roll paper when it is ejected after printing. ・ Automatic Cut: Rolls are automatically cut by the cutter unit. Automatic ・ Eject Cut: When the Cut key is pressed on the printer control panel, the Cutting rolls are cut by the cutter unit.
  • Page 17 12. The Test Print Settings dialog box is displayed. Select the print priority and print quality of the test print using Print Priority and Print Quality. Set the level to test print using Maximum ink usage and the image to use using Image used in test print, and then click the Start Print button.
  • Page 18 ・ If you set the Head Height lower than the automatically set height in parentheses ( ), check that the printhead does not rub against the paper. (If the printhead rubs against the paper, there will be scratches in the printing results.) If the printhead rubs against the paper, this can cause damage to the printhead.
  • Page 19 17. The Add and Edit Custom Paper dialog box is displayed. Select the paper that you want to create the calibration target for from the Added Custom Paper list and click the Create Calibration Target button. 18. Click the Execute button in the Execute create calibration target dialog box. Creating the calibration target takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • Page 20: Export The Custom Media Information File

    3. EXPORT THE CUSTOM MEDIA INFORMATION FILE Export the media information file for the custom paper you added to the printer with spectrophotometer unit mounted to the computer for managing paper so that it can be added to each of the printers and each of the printer drivers on the computers. The custom media information file is exported using the following procedure.
  • Page 21 The Add and Edit Custom Paper dialog box is displayed. Select the paper you want to export to media information file from the Added Custom Paper list and then click the Export button. You can select multiple custom media information files. Specify the location to save the Custom Media Information File.
  • Page 22: Add The Custom Paper To The Other Printers

    4. ADD THE CUSTOM PAPER TO THE OTHER PRINTERS Import the exported custom media information file and add the custom paper including the calibration target to all of the printers except the printer with spectrophotometer unit mounted. Adding the calibration target to the other printers allows you to perform color calibration using the custom paper.
  • Page 23 Select the exported custom media information file (.am1 file) and click the Next button. You can select multiple custom media information files. Custom media information files that are displayed grayed out in the list cannot be selected because they cannot be used in the printer being added. Select Update the printer control panel and printer driver from Update Target in the Confirm Update dialog box.
  • Page 24: Add The Custom Paper To The Computers For Printing

    5. ADD THE CUSTOM PAPER TO THE COMPUTERS FOR PRINTING Add the custom paper to the printer drivers of computers for printing. You can print on custom paper by adding the custom paper to the printer driver on the computer for printing.
  • Page 25 Once the Add and Edit Custom Paper dialog box has been displayed, click the Import button. Select the saved custom media information file (.am1 file) and click the Next button. You can select multiple custom media information files. Select Update the printer driver only from Update Target in the Confirm Update dialog box and then click the Execute button.
  • Page 26: Execute Paper Feed Adjustment And Color Calibration

    Load the paper to use for printing into the printer and set the paper type. For genuine Canon paper, paper feed adjustment is not needed. Once the paper is loaded and the paper type is set, perform the procedure from step 8.
  • Page 27 Press the OK button. The Set./Adj. Menu is displayed. Press to select Adjust Printer, and then press the OK button. Press to select Feed Priority, and then press the OK button. Press to select Adj. Quality, and then press the OK button. Press to select Auto(OtherPaper), and then press the OK button to execute the paper feed adjustment.
  • Page 28: Operation Of Calibration Link Using Ccmc

    OPERATION OF CALIBRATION LINK USING CCMC CCMC can be installed from the "User Software CD-ROM" included with the printer or downloaded and installed from the Canon website. For detailed information on how to operate CCMC, refer to the "User's Guide" on the "User Manual CD-ROM"...
  • Page 29: Checking The Printer Status

    CHECKING THE PRINTER STATUS is displayed next to the printer name such as if a certain amount of printing has been executed after executing color calibration. If you select the printer, you can check the detailed status of the printer in the Calibration sheet in the main window. EXECUTING COLOR CALIBRATION REMOTELY For printers where a message such as It is recommended that you execute color calibration to keep the printer in the best condition.
  • Page 30: Q & A

    Q & A Q1. HOW DO I ADD CUSTOM PAPER TO WORK WITH? A1. Use the following procedure. 1. Add the new custom paper and calibration target to the printer with spectrophotometer unit mounted by following the procedure in "2. ADD THE CUSTOM PAPER TO THE PRINTER WITH SPECTROPHOTOMETER UNIT MOUNTED"...
  • Page 31: Q3. How Do I Add A Computer To Use

    Q4. HOW DO I ONLY USE CALIBRATION LINK WITH GENUINE CANON PAPER? A4. Load the genuine Canon paper into the printer to print from, and execute color calibration. Q5. WHAT DO I DO IF I RECREATED THE CUSTOM MEDIA INFORMATION? A5.
  • Page 32: Q6. What Do I Do To Add Cusom Paper Added At A Different Office

    Q6. WHAT DO I DO TO ADD CUSOM PAPER ADDED AT A DIFFERENT OFFICE? A6. Always add custom paper that was added at a different office to the printers and computers for printing from the computer for managing paper using the following procedure. 1.
  • Page 33: Q7. What Do I Do If The Color Tones Of The Printed Material Do Not Match

    Q7. WHAT DO I DO IF THE COLOR TONES OF THE PRINTED MATERIAL DO NOT MATCH? A7. If the color tones do not match between printers even after configuring the calibration link settings, check the following table and perform the corrective actions for the corresponding items.
  • Page 34 Item Corrective Action Is the message The calibration target in the Read the media information file that contains the latest calibration target information into media information file is not up-to-date. displayed in CCMC? the target printer by following the procedure in "4.
  • Page 35 Item Corrective Action Do the ICC profile settings match in all of the Open the Matching sheet (Windows) / printer drivers? Matching pane (Mac OS X) in the printer driver and make the ICC profiles the same in Printer Profile Settings in all of the printer drivers.

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