Color Output Settings

Color Output Settings Made Easy!

The color output settings saved in your image file determine which color space, rendering intent, and bit mode in which the file is saved. Our Noritsu QSS-3202 PRO photographic imaging equipment requires the color output settings to be in the 8 bit, sRGB color space.

Our Canon Pro 4000 printer can use either 8 bit, Adobe 1998 or sRGB for Studio Giclee’s. Output profile mismatches of these two different spaces may produce unexpected results, so be sure to submit your files in the appropriate space for the desired output type.

We suggest “Perceptual” as the rendering intent for both color spaces.

sRGB matches the working color space used in most computer monitors, except for a few very high-end units can that can display images in Adobe 1998. For standard photo printing, we suggest that your default working color space is set to sRGB.

Although files created in Adobe 1998 can be converted to sRGB when needed, this will only slow production time with no direct benefit when printing to our Noritsu photo equipment.  In ALL cases, images must be submitted as 8-bit files.

Monitor calibration is a vital component of the digital workflow and will figure prominently in how accurately your color output settings work. Check out our article on the “Best Way to Calibrate your Monitor” for more information.

The video below from explains in some detail how to setup output for an inkjet printer. This can also be applied to setting up for output on our Noritsu QSS 3202 Digital photo printer.

Minor differences aside, this inkjet printing tutorial explains gamut (the range of colors a camera or printer can produce) and color space (a standard that defines a specific set of colors) can be used for most output methods.

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Defining gamut and color space