Information about the relevance and use of printing profiles

In fact, the appropriate printing profile is very important to achieve perfect prints. It is the "manual" for the printing software (i.e. the printer driver or RIP software) and tells which ink to be spayed on the media in what quantity to get a specific colour and density. Of course, a glossy photo paper requires different settings than a matt paper or a translucent film: each single ink must be applied in an individual, specified quantity to obtain a high-quality print with the correct colour balance, brightness and contrast.

However, in most cases, the standard existing printer driver settings for the equivalent, original media of the printer manufacturer will lead to very good results. This in particular for the typical application when using pigmented, water-based inks (e.g. UltraChrome or DURABrite inks from Epson, Lucia inks from Canon, or Vivera inks from HP) and nano- or microporous coated RC photo paper. Although the various papers of the individual manufacturer can be quite different from each other: in this particular case, the printer settings are almost the same.

The basics

First it must be noted: for printing on glossy print media, please select the appropriate, high-quality glossy photo paper in the printer driver. For printing on pearl, lustre, satin, or semi-gloss / semi-matt surfaces, choose the best-fitting paper surface of the printer brand (usually called satin or semi-gloss), and for matt media, please use the settings for either high quality matt paper or matt fine art paper.

For water-based pigmented inks (e.g. Epson UltraChrome, Canon Lucia etc.), for glossy, pearl, lustre, satin, semi-glossy, and semi-matt textures, choose the photo black ink. For any matt media, use the matt black ink. This rule applies not only for papers but also for canvas, fabrics, banners, and polyester / polypropylene / PVC films.

And here's the trick!

With most high-quality glossy and pearl / satin inkjet paper, the colour variances in the prints are low: the pigments of the ink remain near the surface of the inkjet coating and do not penetrate deeply into the layer. In terms of colour balance and density, the inkjet receiving layer hardly has an influence on the printing result. Give it a try: use the BONJET ATELIER PEARL with the print settings and the profile for one of the following papers: e.g. Epson Premium Semi-Gloss or Luster Photo Paper, Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl, Canon Semi-Glossy or Pearl Photo Paper, Sihl Mater Class Lustre Photo Paper, or Tetenal Spectrajet Lustre Photo Paper, or any other high quality pearl / lustre / satin photo paper you may find in the printer driver. You will notice that the colour balance will be very close to if you use our original printing profile for BONJET ATELIER PEARL.

Of course, other key characteristics of the papers are still valid and remain important distinguishing features, such as contrast, brightness, base tint, maximum density, sharpness, texture and gloss level / matting, touch and feel, stiffness, scratch resistance, robustness against fingerprints, batch-to-batch consistency, and so on, and so on ... There are really numerous criteria by which you can select your favourite photo paper.

Other non-photo media

Important: when using matt papers, and even with photo papers, provided they are printed with dye-based inks, this trick does not work always. The inks penetrate much deeper into the ink-receiving layer; therefore the coating has a crucial importance also for the colour balance, and therefore colour adjustments may be necessary in many cases.

Thus, the use of ICC printing profiles is especially recommended when colour shifts occur. We provide free downloadable ICC printing profiles for numerous BONJET media. Also read the instructions which we have written to each printer model; here you will find further important information on each setting in the printer driver.

... and if there is no profile available?

If you miss an ICC profile for a particular media and printer, please contact us. We offer to create a specific profile for your printer and your BONJET media, and under certain conditions, this service is even free of charge. But try at first, how your print will look like when using the printer setting for a similar type of media from the printer manufacturer. Maybe you will be very surprised (and pleased) ...