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Creating Custom Printer Profiles with ColorMunki.


by eduardoangel – December 18th, 2009

By Eduardo Angel

Connect your ColorMunki and open ColorMunki Photo (the current version is 1.1.1).


Select “Create New Profile”

Select the name of the printer you wish to profile from the menu. This menu contains a list of all of the printers that have been installed on your computer.

For this example I’ll choose the new Epson 7900.

A unique color profile is required for each paper used. In the provided text field, please type the paper name that you are currently using to build this profile.

For this example I’ll use Epson Luster paper.

Click “Next”


Before you print the 1st test chart configure the settings in your print driver dialogs to use the correct paper type and resolution.

Whenever you profile a printer, make sure all automatic or other color management settings are DISABLED (if you are using Photoshop, select NO Color Management).

ColorMunki uses an iterative profiling method to determine the colors that your printer is capable of producing. This process allows you print TWO color test charts on your printer and print them as instructed by ColorMunki software. The 1st test chart is always the same combination of color patches. However, the 2nd test is dynamically generated from the color measurements taken from the 1st test chart and is unique every time you repeat this process. This second target ensures the best color result from scanning only 100 patches. Other profile packages requires hundred or even thousands of patches to create a custom profile.

Just like when you use the profile, creating the target reuires you use all the same seetings in the print driver.

To print the 1st test chart, click “Print”

If you have already printed your first color test chart and are now returning to the profiling process, click “I have already printed my target” and proceed to the next step.

Be sure to inspect your printed target for any blemishes or printer artifacts before proceeding to the next step. If your print contains any defects, this will affect the accuracy of your resulting profile and we recommend that you reprint the test chart before proceeding.

If your printer uses inkjet technology, wait 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

It’s now time to measure the ColorMunki test chart.


Be sure ColorMunki is not in its protective case for this step. If your paper is very thin, place a few blank sheets of the same paper type underneath your printed target . Next, place ColorMunki on the test chart.


Make sure the measurement aperture (indicated by flashing LED) is positioned on the white area of the paper at the beginning of the row. Press and hold the Measure button on ColorMunki. Start scanning the row by gliding along the row using gentle pressure. Release the Measure button in the white area at the end of the measured row. Repeat these steps for all rows.

ColorMunki software will indicate when a row has been successfully measured by changing the colors of the patches in the row and advancing the yellow marquee to the next row. If the yellow marquee flashes to red, this indicates that a measurement error has occurred. Wait for ColorMunki to clear the error and the marquee to return to yellow. This will be your indication that ColorMunki is ready for you to re-scan the row.  When you have finished measuring all rows successfully, click “Next” to continue. The software will now print the second target.

Repeat all the stops to print and meassure the 2nd Test Chart.

ColorMunki is now ready to build and save your new printer profile. A name for your new profile has been suggested by ColorMunki. You may change the profile name by clicking in the text field and editing or entering a new name. To build and save your profile, click “Save”. The build and save process will take a few minutes to complete. When ColorMunki indicates that your profile has been successfully saved, click “Next” to continue.


To achieve color accurate results, you must use your new custom profile every time you print. AppSet is a ColorMunki technology that can configure popular desktop imaging applications to automatically apply your new profile when you print. However, you must always configure your print driver settings for the media type you are using. This means you must recall the print driver settings you used when building this profile.

To enable the AppSet feature, click on the checkbox in the ColorMunki software application. It is also important to note that AppSet functionality is contained within the ColorMunki Tray application. This means you have easy access to review or change the printer profile that gets applied when you print. These types of quick changes are required if you print using more than one printer and media combination.

Done! Questions?

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2 responses to “Creating Custom Printer Profiles with ColorMunki.”

  1. Vladimir Brodovy says:

    On my R2880 I get a little bit more reds on all prints comparing with display. Is it possible that color munki makes a mistake. Is it possible somehow to correct this?

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      It’s more likely that the particular red that is reproducing on your printer is out of gamut for your display. This could also be affected by the color of light under which you are viewing the print. In any case you could optimize the profile that you’ve already produced by producing and additional patch set using the image that is giving you difficulty to see if the optimazation helps with the accuracy of the color. But if the problem is simply that your monitor cannot reproduce the color in question then of course you’re still going to see a brighter red on the print than on the monitor.

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