Scanner Profiles

Figure 3-16: A Fujifilm IT8 scanner target

Most scanners are delivered with generic profiles, but device-specific profiles generally produce much better results. To produce such a profile, a color input target (such as an IT8 card or transparency) is scanned. The profiling software then compares the color values produced with existing digital values and produces a corresponding correction matrix or ICC profile. All color management software has to be deactivated during profiling.

Many quality scanners (in the $500+ price category) include targets and profiling software. If not, we recommend that you use LaserSoft SilverFast [96] for producing custom profiles (and scanning). You can purchase IT8 targets directly at www.silverfast.com.

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