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printer media settings test imageMedia settings
- Printer Test Images

Getting the best out of your prints.

We've got a few printer test images on this site. The ones on this page are specifically for help in choosing your printer driver media settings before profiling.

If you have a media settings test image on your site that you'd like us to mention, please feel free to drop us an email.

If you don't know why this is important then have a read of our Media Settings article...

Test Images

Once you've built a profile, our test images page also has images specifically designed to help show up problem areas in profiles (print and screen)

Basic Media check

Inkjet printer drivers have a lot of paper settings - if you are using a third party ink/paper then the best paper settings in the driver may not be the choice you'd first think of.

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

media test image file

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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.

Colour Confidence media test chart

Available for download, with instructions, from Colour Confidence

colour confidence media settings test imageOnsight media evaluation

onsight media settings test imageThis 5x7 color image (right) can be used to determine a media’s optimal media selection prior to the profiling process.

From Onsight (there is also a short article covering its use)

PDI Test Image - for image evaluation

PDI test imageWhen 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!

The original comes from -- we have a copy available for download)

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)

lab test image

This and others is available from Bill Atkinson's page.

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