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CMYK Characterization Data

Registered CMYK characterization data sets for standard printing processes are listed below.

Characterization data sets have been registered by the following organisations:

To obtain more information about the data sets registered by an organisation, or to see all the data sets registered by that organisation, click on their name in the list above.

In the table below, more information about the respective printing conditions can be obtained by clicking on the reference name in the table below. Click on the column header to sort the data by the corresponding field.

In some cases the characterisation data is available as a text file. For those printing conditions for which profiles are available, links are also given to the ICC Profile Registry and to ECI, Fogra, Adobe, Ifra and System Brunner. These are for convenience only and do not represent any endorsement by ICC.

In many cases both XYZ and CIELAB data have been provided, and there may be small differences between the CIELAB values and those obtained by computation from the XYZ values. ICC recommends always using the CIELAB data as the primary reference and the XYZ data as informative.

Profiles corresponding to some of these characterization data sets can be found in the ICC Profile Registry. Note that more than one profile may be generated from a single data set, using different separation methods such as the level of black generation.

Older Fogra data sets can be found here. Older Ifra data sets are here.

Process Media Designation Reference name
Universal Universal CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC7
Offset Gloss or matt coated, 115 g/m2 OFCOM FOGRA43
Offset + gravure US Grade 1 coated sheetfed GRACoL Grade 1 Paper CGATS TR 006
Offset Gloss or matt coated, 115 g/m2 OFCOM FOGRA39
Offset Gloss or matt coated, 105 g/m2 Japan Color 2001 Coated JC200103
Offset Gloss or matt coated, 115 g/m2 OFCOM 1.2 Altona FOGRA27
Offset Gloss or matt coated, 115 g/m2 'Eurostandard' 15% Coated EUROSB104
Universal Universal Premium Coated CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC6
Universal Universal Publication Coated CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC5
Offset Improved LWC OFCOM FOGRA45
Offset Standard LWC OFCOM FOGRA46
Offset Machine finished coated OFCOM FOGRA41
Offset Gloss coated web, (LWC) SWOP CGATS TR 001
Offset + gravure US grade 3 coated web SWOP Grade 3 Paper CGATS TR 003
Offset + gravure US grade 5 coated web SWOP Grade 5 Paper CGATS TR 005
Offset Gloss coated web, (LWC) 60 g/m2 OFCOM 3 Altona FOGRA28
Offset Gloss coated web, 70 g/m2 Japan Color 2003 JCW2003
Offset Gloss coated web, (LWC) 80 g/m2 'Eurostandard' 15% Webcoated EUROSB204
Universal Universal Premium Uncoated CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC3
Offset Uncoated white, 115 g/m2 OFCOM FOGRA47
Offset Uncoated white, 115 g/m2 OFCOM FOGRA44
Offset Uncoated white, 120 g/m2 OFCOM 4 Altona FOGRA29
Offset Uncoated white, 105 g/m2 Japan Color 2001 JC200104
Universal Universal Supercalendared CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC4
Offset Super calendered (SC) 60 g/m2 OFCOM FOGRA40
Offset Uncoated slightly yellowish offset, 120 g/m2 OFCOM 5 Altona FOGRA30
Universal Improved Newsprint CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC2
Universal Newsprint CGATS21-2 CGATS21-2-CRPC1
Offset Standard Newsprint OFCOM FOGRA42
Offset Newsshade newsprint NW IFRA26
Offset Newsprint Japan Color 2002 JCN2002
Offset Uncoated groundwood US-SNAP CGATS TR 002
Continuous stationery Matt coated art, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 1.2 Altona FOGRA33
Continuous stationery Matt coated art, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 1.2 Altona FOGRA37
Continuous stationery Matt coated art, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 2 Altona FOGRA31
Continuous stationery Matt coated art, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 1.2 Altona FOGRA35
Continuous stationery Uncoated white offset, 80 g/m2 OFCOF 4 Altona FOGRA32
Continuous stationery Uncoated white offset, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 4 Altona FOGRA34
Continuous stationery Uncoated white offset, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 4 Altona FOGRA36
Continuous stationery Uncoated white offset, 115 g/m2 OFCOF 4 Altona FOGRA38

If you wish to supply data for inclusion of this section of the data registry please contact the ICC Technical Secretary.