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3 reasons why you need a spectrophotometer

September 13, 2022

A crucial tool for digital printing professionals  

Why do you need a spectrophotometer?

If you’re a print service provider, you are likely to produce for different markets and applications using a variety of machines, inks, and substrates. And let’s face it— a bunch of generic color profiles cannot reproduce smooth gradients and vibrant, accurate colors with all the different ink-media-printer configurations available on the market.  

Color is paramount in the inkjet printing industry, and spectrophotometers have become a crucial part of the print workflow— especially if you’re diversifying your production and including new media types and technologies. Measuring colors properly will help you to improve the quality of your output and achieve homogeneous results no matter the printer or substrate.  

In this article, we will explain all the benefits of having a spectrophotometer in your print production.  

What is a spectrophotometer?  

A spectrophotometer is a color measuring device that is widely used in the digital printing industry.  

Color measuring instruments are critical to achieve saturated, vibrant colors and to produce smooth gradients. Moreover, they are a must-have if you need to match specific colors requested by your customers. You can use them to check your colors on physical samples before moving on to production.  

When choosing a spectrophotometer, it’s important to find one that will meet all your needs based on what you’re measuring. Our partners Barbieri electronic & X-rite provide useful educational resources on their blog. Feel free to check them out for more information. 

3 reasons why you should have a spectrophotometer 

In this article, we will explain 3 benefits of using a spectrophotometer for your printing operations.  

Achieve vibrant colors  

Probably the most obvious argument, but still worth mentioning!  

Relying on visual color evaluation alone is very risky. The way humans perceive colors depends on several factors: luminosity, time of day, genetic factors, age, background colors, and more.  

By contrast, a spectrophotometer is extremely consistent. It simulates the way we see colors without the confusion of vision anomalies, and external factors don’t influence its perception. As long as you properly use and maintain your spectrophotometer, it will give you accurate color data.  

You don’t need to be an expert to color-manage your production 

Purchasing a spectrophotometer is just the beginning of the journey. Using them on a regular basis will allow you to see the changes and to measure the impact on your production. 

Indeed, the data given by a spectrophotometer is extremely valuable for digital printing professionals. It gives great guidance on whether it’s possible to match a precise color with your ink mix. It can also predict how the color will look under different lighting.  

Print companies that use spectrophotometers to monitor and control their operations can find gold in data. Of course, the idea of analyzing all this new data can be daunting, but rest assured: you don’t need to be an expert to interpret the results and act on them.  

Nowadays, most instruments and software make data analytics and comparison easy to understand using clear graphics. Instead of looking at complex data representing wavelengths of reflected light that make up a color, you’re getting graphics with practical, understandable information showing what to change to produce a consistent color. In most cases, companion software (such as CalderaRIP) will also inform you of exactly what needs to be done in the ink settings to ensure appropriate ink densities and/or to bring color back into tolerance.  

The return on investment is indisputable   

If you’re a print business owner, you are probably wondering what you can gain by purchasing a spectrophotometer for your company. In an industry where color holds such an important place, we believe that having the best color measuring instrument is non-negotiable, and that the ROI is guaranteed no matter what.  

Use your spectrophotometer with CalderaRIP 

Our entire spectrophotometers range is compatible with CalderaRIP to ease color management and deliver color-optimized results.  


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