January 17, 2022

Substrate Inspector

ChromaChecker™ Substrate Inspector is for analyzing, and tracking details that affect how the human eye perceives different substrates typically used in the Printing Industry. By creating a Substrate Library you can track changes in substrate over time and most importantly troubleshoot changes in the substrate during quality control checks during production. during production to ensure that changes in substrate do not cause an unacceptable color shift.

What do you need?

1. One of the supported Spectrophotometers:

  • X-Rite i1Pro 2 / X-Rite i1Pro 3
  • X-Rite eXact
  • Techkon SpectroDens
  • X-Rite i1iO 
  • Nix 
  • Spectro 1/ Spectro (limited functionality)

2. CC BW Backing

Mandatory for nano 100% opaque substrates.Industry standards:  ISO 13655 for White and ISO 5 for Black Backing. The user may alternatively use 11x17"CC Measurement Backing.


3. CC Capture

An example of basic measurement (on white backing only). There M-condition curves and Lab coordinates M1 ∆E 00 difference from reference and OBA Index. 


To run CC Capture an Operator's credentials are required. During the registration process, at least one account (Default Operator) has been created, but due to accountability management, it makes sense to create additional operators accounts.

Additional hardware

More accurate substrate description requires some additional types of measurements

Gauge Meter 75° TAPPI Glossmeter  Scale
Thickness measurements can be alternatively made with a micrometer or caliper.  Standard: ISO 8254/1, TAPPI T480 specifies geometry for substrate measurements Any scale can be used for evaluating Basis Height/Grammage. 


Additional methods for substrate tracking offered by the ChromaChecker

Using Color Inspector and CC Nano some additional surface parameters can be tracked. 





  • This tutorial shows you how an operator can create a Substrate Library. Substrate is the 5th color in printing so ensuring consistent substrate properties is one of the key areas for ensuring consistent results.

  • This tutorial covers Substrate inspector, Measure Press Paper baseline, Apply to Track, and shows how imported data shows how the substrate is tracked independently of press measurements

  • Use Substrate inspector and find a closer proofing paper to press paper for the closest match! Find the closest match and re-profile proofer to match press

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