December 3, 2021


This is a chart dedicated to CMYK ICC Profile creation purpose when working with pocket and handheld instruments that are not working in scan mode. The layout is adopted for instruments that require large patch sizes. In this case, it is 18 x 20 mm and makes it readable not only for typical 0/45 instruments but also based on spherical geometry like Spectro 1 Pro by Variable.



  • Make sure that your printer is in optimum perfect condition (no clogged nozzles, paper, and ink that you plan to use, etc.)
  • Save your printer setting as a preset (in the print driver) to use exactly the same parameters for future prints. 
  • Print all pages with Color Management turned OFF
  • Make sure to let the prints dry and do not touch (some ink-jets require at least 20 minutes)
  • When measuring prints use a flat surface and proper white measurement backer, and try not to touch the colored areas
  • Be sure that your instrument is fully charged (only for battery operated instruments like Spectro 1)

Please take into account that CC-CMYK contains 224 patches - and in the case of some instruments, it will take a long time to measure all patches. For example, Spectro 1 needs about 40 minutes, as this instrument requires about 6 sec. to measure and get ready for the next measurements. The measurement process can't be interrupted- has to be completed in a single session. 

The total number of 244 patches is enough to create simple ICC profile only. Based on the limited dataset don't expect high accuracy. If a more accurate profile is required a larger dataset has to be used - but that means a longer measurement process. 


This small dataset is designed for scenarios when there is no way to measure with an instrument designed for profiling - if you are using metalized substrates and/or high glossy surfaces a typical 0/45 geometry is not giving proper results.


We have prepared 2 versions: two-pages letter-size or single-page Tabloid. 



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