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paul s
06-10-2009, 09:42 PM
Has anyone found a way to calibrate stocks using a custom stock profile on the 700 Digital Color Press and the external Fiery?

I'm using the ES1000 as my calibration device and have tried calibrating stock from tray 5 which has a custom stock profile selected to improve toner transfer. When I print the page to be measured I get a message stating load the required stock even though the custom stock profile loaded to tray 5 is set to the same attributes (weight and coating).

SharonH
06-10-2009, 09:59 PM
Hello,
There no direct calibration of custom paper profiles with the EX700 due to the positioning of the EX700 as an upgrade of the EX500, not a downgrade of the EXP (production) series. Custom papers profiles are an advanced feature; their support by the Fiery calibrator has been requested only for production engines. By comparison, the calibration software of some production Fiery systems such as the EXP50, EXP8000 and EX8000AP do offer direct selection of custom paper profiles.

In this reply, “custom paper” means a paper whose physical characteristics and printer processing requirements have been specified by an administrator and saved into the Xerox DP700 as a “custom paper profile”. The Xerox DP700 allows the creation of up to 10 custom papers profiles. “Paper profiles” are not “color profiles”.

If a paper can be handled by the Xerox DP700 without requiring a “custom paper profile” in the Xerox DP700, then this paper can be directly calibrated using the standard Fiery tools.

The Fiery EX700 prints custom paper profile jobs by setting “Media Type” to “Custom 1” to Custom 10” in Job Properties or the Print Driver. The Fiery EX700 calibration software does not offer this direct selection of “Custom 1” to Custom 10” paper profiles.

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Workaround procedure - Summary

Initial setup, to be performed only once:

1. Create and save a custom paper profile in the Xerox DP700 control panel, as per the normal Xerox procedure. This procedure will instruct the printer on how to physically process your custom paper.

2. Prepare a custom calibration page that will print using your custom paper profile.
You will reuse this page every time you calibrate your custom paper.

3. Create a new ICC color profile or assign an existing color profile to your custom paper.
This procedure will instruct the Fiery about the color space produced by your custom paper.

4. Link the ICC color profile of your custom paper to the calibration set used by your custom paper.
Every time a job will request the ICC color profile of your custom paper, the correct calibration set will automatically be selected.

Calibration procedure, to be performed regularly:
• Calibrate custom papers like any other paper. The difference would be to not print the calibration page from Calibrator, but print it from Command WorkStation Hold queue.

Printing jobs using the Xerox custom paper profile:

1. Select the print options from the Print Driver or from Command WorkStation Job Properties, as per the normal procedure.


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Workaround procedure - Details

Initial setup, to be performed only once:

1) Create and save a custom paper profile in the Xerox DP700 control panel, as per the normal Xerox procedure. This procedure will instruct the printer on how to physically process your custom paper.
Note the following information, as you enter it in the Xerox interface:

a) The number of the “Custom Paper Profile” used to specify this paper (ex.: Custom 3)

b) The actual paper name (ex.: XPression 250)

c) The paper weight (ex.: 250 gsm)

d) The paper coating (ex: Coated)

2) Prepare a custom calibration page that will print using your custom paper profile.
You will reuse this page every time you calibrate your custom paper.

a) From Command WorkStation, download a calibration page to the Fiery EX700 Hold queue.
Calibration pages for various instruments can be found in the user software CD, or directly from the server in: <\\ServerName\PC_User_SW\Windows Color Files\Calibration Files\Halftone Calibration Files\Other Applications>.

b) From Command WorkStation, right click to rename the job you have just downloaded. This job will be reused every time you calibrate. For the name to be meaningful, use the information captured in step 1. A good name must make it easy to identify and re-use this job.
For the paper profile described at step 1, the recommended name would be:
<Calibration Page_Custom3_250gsm_Coated_XPression250>

c) From Command WorkStation, right click this job to change its properties. Make the same selections as when you print your documents on your paper with “Custom Paper Profile.”
Only these two settings are critical:

i) Media / Media Type: [Custom-N], where N is the custom paper number captured in step 1.
ii) Color / Expert Settings / CMYK Simulation Profile: [ColorWise OFF].
All other color settings are irrelevant with ColorWise OFF.
d) From Command WorkStation, right click the job and duplicate the job. Next, right click again to archive the copy (Server Internal is fine). If the file is accidentally deleted the calibration page can be retrieved from the archived location and the calibration page will be ready to use by copying it back to the Hold queue.

3) Create a new ICC color profile or assign an existing color profile to your custom paper. This instructs the Fiery about the color space produced by your custom paper.

When a “custom paper” is defined, the Fiery does not know how to best color manage it. Best results are obtained when a custom profile is created with EFI Color Profiler Suite, but using the existing output profile is acceptable as well.
a) Launch Profile Manager (Command WorkStation / Manage Color / CWPT Profile Manager).
b) Select a color output profile describing the color behavior of your “custom paper.”
If a custom color output profile was not created with EFI Color Profiler Suite, select the existing output profile which seems closest to the “custom paper profile,” click Edit and without making modification, save a copy. For the paper profile described in step 1, the recommended name of the Output Profile would be:
<Custom3_XPression250_250gsm_Coated>.

4) Link the ICC color profile of your custom paper to the calibration set used by your custom paper. Every time a job is printed it will request the ICC color profile of your custom paper, the correct calibration set will automatically be selected.

Every Fiery job request at least one output profile. Each output profiles calls for the calibration set this profile was created with.
a) Still in Profile Manager, select your new profile, click “Profile Settings” and set the calibration set. For the paper profile described at step 1, the recommended calibration set would be:
<221-256gsm / Coated>.

Calibration Process, to be performed regularly:


A. Launch Fiery Calibrator, as per the normal procedure (CWS / Manage Color / CWPT Calibrator).
B. Select your Measurement Method/Instrument, as per the normal procedure.
C. Select the calibration set applying to your custom paper profile.
For the paper profile described at step 1, the recommended calibration set would be:
<221-256gsm / Coated>
D. Instead of printing the calibration page from Calibrator, print it from Command WorkStation.
For the paper profile described at step 1, right-click to print the job titled :
<Calibration Page_Custom3_250gsm_Coated_XPression250>
E. In Calibrator, click “Measure” and apply the measurements as per the normal procedure.

Printing jobs on paper using the Xerox Custom Paper Profile:
1) Select your print options from the Print Driver or from Command WorkStation Job Properties, as per the normal procedure.

Only the following settings are critical:

i) Media / Media Type: [Custom-N], where N is the custom paper number captured in step 1.
ii) Color / Expert Settings / CMYK Output Profile: [the custom output profile for your paper].
For the custom paper number captured in step 1, this would be: <Custom3_XPression250_250gsm_Coated>

leegreen
06-11-2009, 11:13 PM
Would this also apply for the X700 with the bustled rip?

I have had a hell of a time over the past few months with this printer using custom paper settings with various image transfer values.

Cheers
lee

Tommy_L
06-18-2009, 10:52 AM
Yes, this "workaround" would also apply to the bustled rip. It is not Fiery specific.

-Tommy