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HP Designjet 4000 and 4500 Printer Series - Color Matching with Other HP Designjet Printers

Overview

When an image is printed on two different printer models (for instance, on an HP Designjet 4000 Printer series and an HP Designjet 1000 Printer series), the colors of the two prints may not match well.
Matching two printing devices that use different ink chemistry, paper chemistry, and printheads cannot be completely successful. However, the information provided in this document is the best way to emulate one printer with another. The end result may not be a perfect match.

Printing via separate PostScript drivers

The situation is that printing is being done on each printer using the PostScript driver installed for that printer. In this example, an HP Designjet 4000 Printer series and an HP Designjet 1000 Printer series are being used. Follow these steps to print via separate PostScript drivers:
  1. Ensure that both printers have been updated to the latest firmware version.
  2. Ensure that the latest printer driver is installed on both printers. Click here to download the latest version of printer driver for any HP printer
  3. Ensure that the color calibration is turned On. At the front panel of the HP Designjet 4000 series, select the (printer) icon, then select Printer configuration followed by Color calibration and then On.
  4. Load both the printers with similar paper types.
  5. Ensure that the paper type setting on the front panel corresponds to the paper that has been loaded.
  6. Print the image on the HP Designjet 1000 Printer series using the normal settings.
  7. Now prepare to print the same image on the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series.
  8. In the application, set the color space of the image to emulate the HP Designjet 1000 Printer series and the specific paper type that is being used in that printer. The data sent to the driver must be already converted to this emulation color space, which is a CMYK color space. See the application's online help for information on how to do this. In this way, the 4000 series will emulate the colors that the 1000 series can produce when printing on that paper type.
  9. In the PostScript driver for the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series, go to Color Management section and set the CMYK input profile to the same HP Designjet 1000 Printer series color space that was selected in the application (the emulation color space).
    note:
    When trying to emulate another printer, always use CMYK colors, not RGB.
  10. Set the rendering intent to Relative Colorimetric, or to Absolute Colorimetric to emulate the paper's whiteness as well.
  11. Print the image on the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series.

Printing via separate HP-GL/2 drivers

The situation is that printing is being done on each printer using the HP-GL/2 driver installed for that printer. Follow these steps to print via separate HP-GL/2 drivers:
  1. Ensure that both printers have been updated to the latest firmware version.
  2. Ensure that the latest printer driver is installed on both printers. Click here to download the latest version of printer driver for any HP printer
  3. Ensure that the color calibration is turned On. At the front panel of the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series, select the (printer) icon, then selct Printer configuration followed by Color calibration and then On.
  4. Load both the printers with similar paper types.
  5. Ensure that the paper type setting on the front panel corresponds to the paper that was loaded.
  6. With the HP-GL/2 driver for the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series, select the Color tab, and select Printer Emulation from the list of color management options. Then choose the Designjet 1000 series from the list of emulated printers.
  7. With the HP-GL/2 driver for the HP Designjet 1000 series, select the Options tab, then slect Manual Color followed by Color Control and then Match Screen. Also select the Paper Size tab, and then Paper Type.

Printing the same HP-GL/2 file

The situation is that an HP-GL/2 file (also known as a PLT file) has been produced using the HPGL/2 driver installed for one printer, and it is intended to send the same file to both printers. Follow these steps to print the same HP-GL/2 file:
  1. Ensure that both printers have been updated to the latest firmware version.
  2. Ensure that the color calibration is turned On. At the front panel of the HP Designjet 4000 Printer series, select the (printer) icon, then select Printer configuration followed by Color calibration and then On.
  3. Load both the printers with similar paper types.
  4. Ensure that the paper type setting on the front panel corresponds to the paper that was loaded.
  5. To print an HP-GL/2 file on an HP Designjet 4000 Printer series, which was already printed on an HP Designjet 1000 Printer series, proceed as follows using the Embedded Web Server or the front panel:
    • Using the Embedded Web Server: Leave the color options set to Default.
    • Using the front panel: Select the (printer) icon followed by Default printing options then select Color options followed by RGB input profile and then HP Designjet 1000 Series.
    For other HP Designjet printers, set both printers to match the screen colors (sRGB, if selectable), as when printing with separate HP-GL/2 drivers.