[cups.general] help - screen-printer color matching

Helge Blischke h.blischke at srz.de
Mon Jan 31 06:21:58 PST 2005

David McNab wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been using CUPS successfully on Debian Unstable for years to drive
> my Epson inkjet.
> But on installing a new HP Color LaserJet 2550L, I've become interested
> in achieving a better match of screen colours to printer colours.
> Can someone please suggest a way of setting up some kind of 'mapping',
> which will help to create colours on the printer as I see them on the
> screen?
> Is there anything available within CUPS, or separately, eg a filter
> which can take .ps files and adjust the colours, before sending them out
> to the printer?
> It would be great if there was a prog which:
> 1) prints out a page of colour squares
> 2) puts up a window displaying those colour squares, and allows me to
>     tweak various settings, until the screen colours look as close as
>     possible to the printer colours
> 3) given this information, generates a set of colour maps, which can be
>     used in a '.ps filter' prog for subsequent prints.
> All ideas/suggestions/links appreciated.
> --
> Cheers
> David

Look into HP's documentation for that printer if it supports color
profiles (preferably
ICC profiles) resp. their counterpart in PostScript. If so , select or
develop a suitable
profile and activate it via the printer's PPD.


Helge Blischke
SRZ Berlin | Firmengruppe besscom
tel: +49 30 75301-360

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