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External Factors Influencing Print Quality

Before you print test swatches, consider the following factors to maximize the quality of your color calibration:


Each printer is designed with specific kinds of ink; therefore you should use the manufacturer-recommended inks. Also, make sure the inks are filled and properly primed as instructed by the manufacturer.


Media is the most important part of the ink and media interaction. This interaction between the ink and media coating affects every aspect of print quality, including color accuracy, vividness and durability, as well as the sharpness of your print. If the ink and media are not properly matched, potential problems include bleeding and smearing.


Resolution measures the number of dots per inch printed by the printer. Changing the resolution affects the dot placement and the amount of ink laid down on the media by the printer.


Humidity and temperature affect the drying time for a print, which affects the ink and media interaction. A longer drying time can cause ink bleeding or intentional ink mixing.

Print mode

For the best results, calibrate using the printer's highest quality print mode. Using the quality mode will reduce banding.

Print heads

Print heads should be properly primed and all nozzles should be firing. The heads also need to be in alignment. Consult the printer manufacturer's documentation for instructions.

Measuring Device

The spectrophotometer, colorimeter needs to be calibrated properly for white points and black points. See your device's documentation for calibration instructions.

See Also

Preparing to Create an ICC Profile

Creating Output Device Setups

Adding New Media Types