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Color Management Tab

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.

Color Correction

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.

Output profile

Select a profile from the list or select Add to add an ICC profile.


Select the media type the output is printed on. To add a new type of media, see Profile Setup for more information.

Print mode

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.

Color Mode

Select the color mode that matches the inks set in the printer.



The image prints using a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks.



The image prints using cyan, magenta and yellow inks. All black is CMY process black.



The image prints using black ink only, producing a black and white image with shades of gray.



CMYK plus Light Cyan and Light Magenta inks. This color mode provides smoother gradations between lighter shades of colors.



CMYK plus Orange and Green inks. This color mode provides truer orange and green colors than CMYK alone can produce.



CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Orange and Green inks.



CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Medium Cyan and Medium Magenta inks.



CMYK plus Medium Cyan, Medium Magenta, Orange and Green inks.



Pigment-based ink.



Dye-based ink.




__________+ variable-dot

Indicates degrees of variable dot size.


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, with KF Diffusion offering the highest quality and the LX Diffusion or FMXPress offering the fastest processing times.

The available patterns (in descending order of quality) are:


SO Diffusion

SO Diffusion is the default diffusion method for all newly created profiles. It eliminates banding and produces the smoothest gradients and most vibrant and accurate output of any other diffusion method. SpotON RIP speeds are slightly slower than FMXpress, but yield higher quality output.


KF Diffusion

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.


Error Diffusion

Produces high-quality images. The enhanced image quality requires intensive processing (3-4 times more than FMXPress), and the time it takes to RIP a file using this method is the second longest of the available options.


Random Diffusion

Provides a balance between image quality and RIP time. It takes 2-3 times longer than FMXPress.



The default diffusion method. It's the fastest in terms of RIP time and is suitable for most prints.


LX Diffusion

A faster option, as far as RIP times are concerned. It is best used for large prints that are viewed from a considerable distance.


Angled Screen

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.


Click to set advanced color correction properties. See Setting Advanced Color Correction Properties for more information.

Gradient Smoothness

Select Normal, Enhanced or Super. The higher settings cause the software to render gradients using more elaborate algorithms that produce smoother dithering.


Simulates the output of one printer on another. You can simulate a large format job on a small format printer.

To simulate the output of another printer:

  1. Select Add from the Simulation drop-down menu.

    LOC Xerox

  2. Select an ICC profile from the device that you want to simulate and click Open.
  3. Click Send.

    Printer simulation does not support the spot color rendering intent. If you try to output an object that has been assigned the spot color rendering intent while using printer simulation, you will receive an error message.

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.

Ignore overprint

Ignores any overprint settings that may exist in jobs it outputs.

See Also

Setting Advanced Job Properties

Setting Dither Options for Angled Screens

Setting Advanced Color Correction Properties

Layout Tab

Workflow Tab

Printer Options Tab

Cut Tab

Tile Tab

Labels and Marks Tab

Color Adjustment Tab

Separations Tab

Step and Repeat Tab

Object Color Control Tab