October 21, 2021

How to print with Color Management turned OFF?

Depending on the printing system there are two basic scenarios

  1. The printer is driven by the RIP - in this case, the user has to consult RIP's manual 
  2. The printer is managed by a computer operating system - a system driver is used to drive it. In this case, the Device ICC Profile is stored in the operating system. If you are using Adobe Photoshop there is no way to turn color management off.  


The printer is managed by a computer operating system

The easiest way to print without color management is to use a simple free application: Adobe Color Printer Utility:



This utility enables to open TIFF files and print them to any system printer. The dialog box makes it possible to set up a printer but one option "Color Matching" is disabled. 

Please be sure to use the same setting for the printer - the best practice is to save them as a preset. Some printer-specific features have a huge impact on the print condition and it is very important to apply the same parameter for future printing.

In the following example, an Epson driver offers a lot of model-related features - and all those parameters are important

The preset name reflects the named selected substrate. An ICC Profile is for one selected media only. It may be production-batch sensitive -quality may change when the paper comes from another batch.


If you have a PDF and you need  TIFF  - open it in Photoshop - be sure to apply corresponding space RGB or CMYK - do not mix them -  set final resolution. Do not scale page - a patch size definition is critical for some measurement instruments. If the test form is too big you can cut out some elements but take into account that some instruments may require them for scanning.



When saving DON't embed Color Profile and disable Layers.



If you need CC-400 RGB TIFF - a 300 dpi version is here CC-400_RGB_300dpi.tif

For NIX or SPECTRO users we prepared  TIFF files with CC-RGB


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