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Save the PNG image below, and print at whatever size you need to fit on your paper.
Note that this image is -not- colour managed. If you open it in photoshop, and you have profile warnings turned on [always a good idea IMHO] then make sure that you leave it as not colour managed.
Print it with all colour management turned off. You should be able to print four copies of this on an A4 sheet.
Remember to write down all your printer driver settings!
This is similar to the image used to test prints in the Media Settings article
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Getting your correct driver media settings can make the difference between a reasonable printer profile and a great printer profile.
Don't just assume that a similar sounding type of paper will automatically give the best results.
For a Canon photo paper in an Epson 1160, the best profile came from using the Plain Paper driver setting.
It really looked a lot better than using the 'photo paper' setting.
This is especially true when using third party (replacement) inks or papers.
Don't forget too, that a clean inkjet printer produces better prints - see how we use a common cleaner from the supermarket for cleaning inkjet printers.
Available for download, with instructions, from Colour Confidence
Onsight media evaluation
This 5x7 color image (right) can be used to determine a media’s optimal media selection prior to the profiling process.
PDI Test Image - for image evaluation
When evaluating printer profiles it is important to use a known image, not just a photo you like the look of.
The information below is about the PDI test image and is quoted from the PrintFIX PRO on-line help.
... all those things in the PDI test picture are there for a reason!
A newer test image and detailed commentary on its use can be found on the printer test images page
Lab test image (warning - lots of out of gamut colours)
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