Quantitative Analysis of ICC Profile Quality for
Xiaoying Rong, Paul D. Fleming, and Abhay Sharma
Keywords: Color Management, ICC Profiles, Scanners, Color Measurement
ICC profiling software is widely used in the graphic arts industry. The quality
of a scanner profile created by profiling software using a single training target is
discussed. A more stringent quantitative analysis of the profile quality is
proposed. Different targets from different photo paper manufactures are used as
the testing targets to compare the quality of the profiles. A grayscale was also
used for testing the ability of profiling software to preserve gray balance.
The results show that profiling software can generate apparently high quality
profile for the training targets. However, the profile of one target assigned to the
scan of other targets, used as originals, does not confirm this accuracy.
Additionally, the RMS E values of grayscale assigned profiles are higher than
the RMS E values of scanned targets assigned the same profile.
*Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging
Western Michigan University