Hey everyone. I’ve updated Piezography Professional Edition to version 1.2. With this update there is a new tool called “Piezography ICC Tool.” If you have a version of i1Profiler that is licensed to make RGB ICCs for printing, this tool will enable you to do just that but for Piezography using more than 256 grey steps.
The reason for publishing this workflow is to enable an alternative profiling and calibration option for people who do not have access to Google because they are in restricted countries (China, Russia, etc).
The second reason for publishing this workflow is that this tool enables color-managed printing from Photoshop and Lightroom for the first time in many years (actually for the first time since Photoshop CS3).
The third reason for publishing this workflow is to enable consistent contrast matching between matte and gloss papers for labs who desire a closer match to existing workflows that their clients are used to. This process is not exactly “linear” but uses xRite’s contrast control algorithms to match the screen contrast to print contrast whether that is for a gloss paper or matte paper. This workflow can speed the time-to-print for professional labs who have a lot of proofing and work on their hands. It also maintains the smooth tonal transitions of Piezography and is better than the rather clunky contrast matching curve found in QTR-Create-ICC droplet.
This tool is *BETA and is not fully documented with screenshots yet. I’m releasing it to this small group so I can polish it over time and eventually release it in a multi-language format (for those countries blocked from Google) with screenshots included in the deluxe manual.
I hope it proves useful,
all the best,
ps: Requirements include a compatible xRite spectrophotometer, and i1Profiler Print RGB ICC license. We do not support either parts so if you are unsure of your license, please call xRite.