If you think you need Piezography custom profiling please read this before we needlessly make them for you.
The majority of linearization drift is a result of either old ink, or ink that has not been shaken gently on a regular basis. One of the fastest checks on this is to remove the cartridges from the printer and shake them gently for about 5 to 10 seconds. Then reinstall the cartridges and perform 2-3 Power Cleanings on large format printers (17" and larger) or 2 head cleanings on 13" and smaller printers. The larger printers have long ink tubes and large dampers which can also contain settled inks. So you must perform Power Cleans (consult your printer manual.)
You can read about Curves on our Piezography blog here. This will inform you more about what curves are and how they should be used. Before you invest in custom profiling, we want to make sure that your printer is in the condition you expect it is.
Piezography K7 curves are designed and made with a 256 step gray target and result in the smoothest possible linearization. The use of 256 steps of gray are what produce the extraordinary shadow and highlight detail we produce. While it takes us a little longer to measure 256 individual gray patches, it is one of the most important parts of the process of high standard curve making. You can check your linerization with our 21 step measurement target. You can also produce QTR ICC soft proof previews with 21 or 51 step targets. But, for printing we require 256 steps, and this only requires you to print a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.
You may wish to have a custom Piezography curve made if:
- A printer is too far out of spec and does not produce a good result with Piezography K6 and K7 curves.
- As a printer's print heads begin aging the size of the drops produced is not always as accurate as intended.
- A printer’s print head has become too old to produce microdots.
- The user wishes to print on a paper that has not been profiled.
- The media manufacturers sometimes change their media coatings slightly, which changes the expected results of a “profile”.
- A user is in an unusually high or low elevation in comparison to East Topsham, Vermont (860 feet above sea level.)
- A user may wish to have a perfected system for their particular printer (we now have discounted profiling for 3 or 5 papers).
Custom MPS glossy profile
You need to install MPS Black and GO into your printer. If your printer supports an eighth position you must install Piezography Gloss Optimizer. Print the target according to our instructions. If your printer does not have an eighth slot for Gloss Optimizer you can finish the target by spraying with Lumijet to eliminate bronzing and equalize the gloss. We however, recommend the use of Piezography Gloss Optimizer over spraying.
Please download the custom profiling package before or after you make your purchase.
Download the Custom Profiling package by clicking here.
ReadMe.pdf (Very important)
Piezography-Curve-Target.tif (This is the target file that you print and mail to InkjetMall.)
These are the steps that you will do to get the target printed and sent do us:
Step 1: Find and install a piezography curve (.quad) that prints the best of any you can find. That means if you are printing say on Canson Rag Photographique, the nearest curve might be the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag curve. Make sure the curve you use was actually built for your printer!
Step 2: Ensure your printer nozzles are all firing and print the Piezography-Curve-Target.tif with No Color Management either from Print-Tool on the Mac or the QTRgui on the PC. Use the curve from step 1. Make SURE to print the target at 8x8.71 inches (100% size of the file). Use highest quality print settings.
Step 3: Fill out the Order-Form.pdf with all required information and print the order form out.
Step 4: Copy the curve (.quad) file you used to print the target to a cheap thumb-drive or CD and place the thumb drive, printed target, and printed order form into a flat-pack.
Step 5: Mail the flat-pack to:
Profiling Department, InkjetMall, 17 Powder Spring Road, East Topsham, Vermont 05076 USA
If you are confused on how to do all of this, download and read the Piezography Manual found at http://www.piezography.com/PiezoPress/technical-support/