Color Management

In this step, you will define the color management settings, used for normalizing the input color spaces, spot color conversion, and color conversion from the normalizing color space into the printer color space.

Available options Description
CMYK Input Color Space

All document color spaces will be normalized into the selected CMYK color space and then converted into the printer color space. Generally, it is advisable to choose a color space that is wide enough to minimize out-of-gamut areas, but is also still within the technical capabilities of the printer-media combination.

You have the following options:

  • Select a print standard from the list.
  • Select Custom and load a custom color space file to use a house standard or any other color space. For example, you can use the full gamut file from a printer to define this printer as the print reference.

When loading a custom MX4 file, only MX4 files with the file name extension "mx4x" will be supported.

Use Embedded ICC Profiles If this option is deselected, embedded ICC profiles will be ignored and the application will handle documents as if they already were in the selected CMYK Input Color Space, i. e. convert them directly to the printer color space, without normalization. RGB, Gray, and Lab elements are still normalized using embedded ICC profiles or rendering intents.
Convert Spot Colors to Printer Color Space Per default, spot colors will be converted directly into the printer color space, without converting them to CMYK first. This allows you to use the extended printer color space to print bright spot colors. If this option is deselected, spots will be converted to the CMYK Input Color Space first. Thus, you will get a less accurate representation of out-of-gamut colors. On the other hand, print results might be more reproducible and comparable, especially if you are using digital printers in parallel with conventional printing methods.