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Printer Test Images

Colour and black and white images to test printers and monitors



We’ve got several free printer test images for download here on this site.

There are however plenty more available on the web.

This page has links to many of the pages where you can download printer and digital photography test images.

black and white printer test image

Keith’s collection of Test Images

If you have a test image on your site that you’d like me to mention, please feel free to drop me an email.

When updating this page for the new site,  I found quite a few broken links. Where possible I’ve included archive.org links instead, but some files may be difficult to track down. I may have copies, but since they are not my files, I’m loathe to put them here for download – give me a call…

I’ve also some images specially for media selection when creating printer profiles.

It really is important to test any new printer with -known- good test images.

By all means test with your own images too, but remember that if you are printing your own photo, then you are actually testing far more than just the printer.

Black and White

greyscale ramp test imageGreyscale test ramp on this site.

A4 monochrome test image for print evaluation (latest 2014 version) – Explanatory article

black and white printer test image

Original (2005) A4 Black and white printer test images (see article on their use – download page)

black and white printing test image

and strip version (11″x2.5″)

Test strip image for black and white printer testing

bw printing linearity testGraham Preston has produced a test image aimed at showing up more details of non-linearity.

He has kindly allowed Northlight Images to host the file.

Graham’s test image (300 dpi 13×19 cm) has circular gradients on it, both positive and negative.

Unlike the example in my own test image there are also stepped versions that allow you a more precise measurement of where the non linearity is in your prints.

As he says…

  • “And once I started to understand what my circular gradients were telling me, I came to realise that they’re not very forgiving.
    It’s important to keep in mind that any test image is a tool and not a picture : the important thing is that we’re happy with our output, not that we’re producing a perfect linearization.”

Download test image

Image ©2006 Graham Preston.

It takes a good monitor and calibration tools to show some of the finer gradations


Norman Koren has a good B/W test image with info on evaluating print density and flare. An 8×10, 400K sRGB JPEG. Do read his detailed instructions and comments.


Monitor check

Monitor test imageDesktop Images (6.5MB Zip)

From BasICColor – for testing the quality of your monitor setup

“The desktop background images are used to check and evaluate the monitor calibration.
The test elements are used for a visual check of highlight and shadow, the tonal response curve (gamma) and a neutral continous gradient on the monitor.
Additional test images permit to control the uniformity of the monitor.”

There are actually a whole collection of images for different monitors settings (Mac and Win PC).

Colour

PDI test imageNote, we also have some images specially for testing print driver media settings when creating printer profiles

When evaluating printer profiles it is important to use a known image, not just a photo you like the look of.

… all those things in the PDI test picture are there for a reason!

A reduced version of the PDI Freeware test image.

The original comes from http://www.photodisc.com — we have a copy available for download)

The information below is about the PDI test image and is quoted from the PrintFIX PRO on-line help.

See also the newer test image and explanation below from Datacolor

  • A Smooth even gray ramp on the right of the image, without visible colour casts or breaks in the gradient.
  • Good skintone colour throughout the range of different skin types and their shadow areas, especially the difficult pink skintones in the second face, and the areas where the skin transitions into the hair on the third face.
  • Dark areas in the hair of the first model that show detail without clogging.
  • Bright, saturated, colours without loss of detail in the robot, the beta fish, and the coloured beads.
  • Good deep tone detail in the purple sand in the fish bowl and the background of the tapestry.
  • Bright sunflower yellows in the sunflower, distinct from the lemon yellows of the lemon.
  • Good saturated blues in the vase and its stem.
  • No problem tones in the dark areas of the lemon, the peach, the orange, and the apple.
  • A rich range of greens in the cactus and the sunflower leaves.
  • Rich brown tones in the binocular case, transitioning well into the dark areas.
  • A good range of varying warm highlights in most areas.
  • The tint of each shadowbox section is effected subtly by the contents of each box.
  • Cool blue highlights on the optically brightened golf balls.
  • Good detail in the coloured areas on the elephant, without bleeding from the blacks.

datacolor test image fro printer profilie evaluationDatacolor Test Image

This image is from the SpyderPrint 3 package (see alsoKeith’s Review of the Spyder3 Print SR)

We have a copy of this file available for download (2MB Zipped JPEG), courtesy of Datacolor, who have also allowed us to reproduce the information below about how best to use the image.

I use this image for a lot of quick testing, in particular after projector profiling, such as with the Spyder4 Elite

Do note that the full test image itself is in the Adobe98 colour space – the ones on this page are untagged ones just for web display

Saturated Colors (top LH) Quadrant:This section is intended to show saturated colors, for use in checking how your display or printer deals with very intense colors, both synthetic and photographic.

bright coloursImage One: Colors (q1i1).jpg.

This image includes synthetic step gradients of Magenta, Blue, Cyan, Red, Yellow, Green, and Black. The high saturation patches in many of these gradients will be outside the gamut of most monitors, as well as most printer/ink/paper combinations. They are useful to check your system against intentionally out of gamut colors.

The photographic section of the image includes highly saturated photographic colors. These are not as intense as synthetic colors, but can still be challenging to many devices. Typical desktop monitors will fail to reach many of the reds, oranges, yellows, and light greens in this image. Even AdobeRGB gamut monitors can’t reach some of the most saturated yellows and light greens. Prints on glossy/luster media will reach all but the most saturated reds in this image, but matte/art papers will also be unable to accurately portray many of the dark green areas.

saturated coloursImage Two: Pottery (q1i2).jpg.

This image offers an excellent range of unusual saturated colors, lime greens, oranges, purples, golden yellows. Also excellent french grays, black rims, and specular highlights. On screen this demonstrates monitor high saturation channel blends. In print it tests high saturation ink blends with unusual colors. A few of the most saturated deep yellows are out of gamut even on an AdobeRGB monitor, with standard desktop LCDs a few of the most saturated orange tones will also be out of device gamut. In Print this image is entirely in gamut with many inkjet printers on glossy/luster papers, but has saturated dark tones that are out of the range of matte/art papers, resulting in somewhat less saturated dark areas in print than on screen.

bright coloursImage Three: NightShot(q1i3).jpg.

This image exhibits the effects of colors too bright for the camera’s dynamic range: many of the neon signs burn to white in the image, but their less intense reflections on the water show the true colors of the signs.

Use this image to check saturated colors against a dark background, and to view shadow noise or grain in the dark areas.

Image Four: Fabrics(q1i4).jpg.

Extremely saturated, glossy colors folded to exhibit ocular highlight band, and gradiate to shadows below.

Textile detail can be used to test for posterization and detail capabilites on screen and in print.

This image was shot in full sun at high altitude which further enhances color detail and saturation.

On screen this demonstrates monitor high saturation channels and blends. In print it tests high saturation inks and blends in many colors. This image emphasizes detail, not smoothness of gradients.

Skin Tones (top RH) Quadrant:

skin tonesImage One: PortraitColor(q2i1).jpg.

This portrait shot offers a very yellow skintone under very yellow lighting, so users can see what the yellow end of the skintone range looks like on their device.

Fine detail in fly-away hairs against a dark colored background can be used to check for over-inking in prints, as dark mixed colors create the highest ink loading, and fine light elements against them show over-inking by bleeding and eliminating the narrow light areas. Fabric detail in the jacket can be used to check shadow detail capability on screen and in print. Out of focus flowers in the lower background can be used to check print gradiation from colors to black, for breaks in gradient.

cool light skin tonesImage Two: GirlWithOrchids(q2i2)jpg.

Pure, pink skintones with much cooler skylighting, to test the red end of the skintone range. Denim blue running into deep shadow offers a challenge for printer drivers in producing dark blues with texture detail.

The Orchids display a wide range of near white tones, and can be used to check for highlight detail on screen and in print. Fabric detail in both the pink and blue fabrics will show ability of device to produce differing tones in these colors.

dark tonesImage Three: Cuba(q2i3).jpg.

Another excellent check of highlight details in the musicians sidelit white shirt, showing cool window lighting, and warm reflected lighting.

Shadow detail and shadow saturation check in face and shadowed mural.

Deep skintones into shadow test device’s ability to display color tones evenly into darkness.

Image Four: Reflections (q2i4).jpg.

highlights in imageTungsten highlights in hair burn to device (or paper) white, clearly showing ramp of warm yellow tones to device white, demonstrating the change that can occur when a color ramp ends in a mismatched white.

Mix of warm and cool highlights in maniquin and window reflections. Warm and cool highlights in mirrorballs.

Hot pink highlights in light gel. A challenging image to print on many papers due to mixed lighting and multilayered transparency.

Landscape and Gradients (bottom LH) Quadrant:

variations of greenImage One: Stone Vase (q3i1).jpg.

Exceptional range of greens from a yellowish grass green to deep evergreen, with green shadow tones, and dark shadow detail, plus stone vase neutrals gradiating from near highlights to shadow tones, with fine detail throughout, to show posterization effects.

Garden bench in the deep shadows in the background provides exceptional shadow detail test. Difficult light purples in Hosta blossoms. On screen this demonstrates monitor green gamut and hue, plus green channel range to black. In print it tests Yellow/Cyan blended greens or ink carts greens depending on device.

pure blue skyImage Two: Adobe Church (q3i2)jpg.

Pure, saturated sky gradient.

Sunlit adobe surfaces with detail and gradiation. Deep shadow detail in tower windows and on rear ell.

High contrast greenery in forground.

Excellent sharp contrasts between sky and crosses, rail and adobe, adobe and sky etc.

sunrise sky colourImage Three: Sunrise (q3i3)jpg .

Unusually pure sky gradient from pink to purple and white in sky.

Subtle mountain blue gradient right to left.

Unusual shadow detail in ochre tones in forground which are particularly challenging to print without losing saturation.

Image Four: Landscape (q3i4)jpg.

pastel landscapeExcellent pastel colors in full pallette: reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, plus purple shadow details.

Tells a great deal about monitor whitepoint and hightlight tonality, shows light color blending in printer inks.

Black and White and Test Image (bottom RH) Quadrant:

grey scale tonesImage One: B&Wportrait(q4i1).jpg.

Detailed grayscale skin and hair textures and gradients.

This image tests neutrality and detail, with a focus on the skintone range.

Includes both sharply focussed, and out of focus elements, producing a range of detail textures.

Image Two: Infinity(q4i2).jpg.

greyscale gamma testThis image focusses on the dark tones, and the edges between light elements and darker backgrounds, as well as wood grain detail and other darktone patterns.

This image is a good test for gamma (how light or dark the midtone on a device appear).

Image Three: ScooterB&W(q4i3).jpg.

scooter greyscale imageVery smooth gradients in a wide range of tones. Highlight detail in white paint and upholstery, deep shadows in handgrip texture.

Selective focus produces smooth gradients in edge areas.

The well distributed range of grays, detail in all zones, and gradients combine to produce an image that allows for easy visual determination of neutrality.

Image Four: B&WTestImage(q4i4).jpg.

bw test imageDatacolor’s standard B&W Test Image includes a wide array of pictoral and graphic elements.

Use the long gray ramp at the top and short radial grayscale at the bottom to judge smoothness and continuity. Use the stepped gray ramp for checking distinct values.

Review the enlarged details above each image for highlights and shadows:

The Trees in Fog detail checks fine distinction in neutrals, while the Boat Planks Reflection checks the ability to distinguish deep shadow details.


Media test image

For checking media types – as discussed in our media settings article

Large TIFF file available for download at our Download page


Fuji Test Image

fuji test image

7″x5″ at 300 ppi available on our Download page

This image is in the sRGB colour space

Note some caveats about using this one at http://www.steves-digicams.com/techcorner/may_2006.html


Colour and black and white test images from On-Sight http://www.on-sight.com/downloads/

colour and black and white test images

There is a useful media settings selection image as well as much useful reference info on the site


BasICColor have a range of downloadable images at http://www.colormanagement.org/en/testimages.html

Many are aimed at press use, but these are of more general usefulness

Radial Smoothness check from BasICColor

radial smoothness check

Much like the Bulls Eye target on our B/W print this image shows up non linearity very well.

“This file shows a synthetic gradient with colors that can be found in ‘still’ images (e.g. fruit). The tertiary colors can also be found in the shadow area of skin tones.”

Out of Gamut colours

out of gamut colour for printing“The test image is a simple JPG file with out-of-gamut colors in a standardised offset print.

This image already shows the typical JPG or rather 8-bit quantisation effect.

Especially difficult to reproduce in CMYK are the areas in the cap and the unsharp logo on the right side in the background.

If the output profile doesn’t have a homogeneous gamut mapping tone value bandings will appear after the transformation”


Atkinson test imagelab test image

This collection (and others) was originally available from Bill Atkinson’s Mac.com page as a compressed 50MB download.

There are also some of his profiles and profiling test targets

Update 2015: The link to these files has broken. We have copies of the two above available on request.


test image colour and BW

This version, and a guide to using it could be found at Outback Print but (2016) the site has vanished.

There is a copy of the notes about how to use this image at archive.org

The image itself may be downloaded at:

http://www.jirvana.com/printer_tests/PrinterEvaluationImage_V002.zip


printer test

Test images in a variety of colour spaces

http://www.andrewdarlow.com/calib.html


Test Image from http://www.colour-science.com

CSC test image

Available 900×600 pixels and 2362×3543 pixels


Getty Test Image – Prints A3 size at 300dpi

Unfortunately it obviously didn’t make Getty enough money, so they no longer offer the file for download :-(

getty test image

http://legacycreative.gettyimages.com/en-us/marketing/services/Getty_Images_Test_Image.jpg

I found this out when updating this page – info and links to other images at: http://www.colorwiki.com/wiki/Test_Images

The Getty image and many others (see below) are still available at http://www.inkjetcarts.us/support/article/color-test-images-for-known-color-comparison-47.html

Collected printer test images


Granger rainbow

Granger rainbow – note that this has seriously out of gamut colours and will never look smooth on any output device.

The article below explains how to make it, but use with care!

http://luminous-landscape.com/essays/test-charts.shtml [warning Paywall]


Images and targets from the useful HutchColor site
http://www.hutchcolor.com/Images_and_targets.html

assorted test targets

Many more, and all kinds of other colour related stuff on the site…


Lens Resolution Test images

We have an article specifically devoted to testing Camera AF accuracy, and if your camera supports it, adjusting the AF settings (microadjustment)

AF microadjustment patterns


ISO 12233 Lens Test Chart

lens test chart

http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/%7Ewestin/misc/res-chart.html

Print your own resolution test chart


lens MTF chart

-Serious- lens testing information from Norman Koren


Test Images from Oliver Ritter-Wolff at ‘Riwodot’ [German site]

More print related information

For information about other printers, paper reviews and profiling (colour management) see the Printing section of the main Articles and Reviews page, or use the search box at the top of any page. There are also specific index pages for any articles connected with the following topics:

 


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