Printer profiling with gutenprint (Ubuntu 18.04)?


I’m remotely profiling my printer. I use Ubuntu 18.04 with Gimp 2.10 and Gutenprint 5.2.13. I have received test charts as set of TIFF files.
What I did:

  1. Opened file in Gimp and unchecked the ‘Color Management’ in menu Image
  2. Set Gutenprint to all neutral settings (did not touch anything). Color Correction ‘Uncorrected’, Print Quality ‘Photo’.
  3. Removed profiles from printer in ‘Color’ in ‘System Settings’ (there were Default RGB and Greyscale)
  4. Printed charts.

Did I miss anything or did something wrong?

When I receive ICC profile where shall I use it? Shall I assign it in ‘Color’ in the ‘System Settings’ for the printer?
For soft-proof I know how to use it in Gimp and Darktable but for the printer I do not know. I’m doing it for the first time.

Thanks for advice

Hi @maf.

Welcome into the abyss!

One thing I do not like (or do not understand) is that you are “remotely profiling” your printer. A certain profile is only valid for your chain (your printer + the specific ink you are using in it + the specific type of paper you are feeding it). If you change any of those components, you have to make a new profile – if you want to do it by the book…

Here are some useful links for you:

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

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@Claes thanks for the response.
Remote profiling is a service in which you print test charts delivered by email on your setup and then send the result prints for scanning and profile generation. That’s it. So I’m using my printer, my paper, I have my settings. I just send the prints. For instance renting ColorMunki Photo is more expensive than profiling service itself and since I own only Selphy CP1200 I have only one paper available. Moreover the guys from the service prepared charts specially suited for my Selphy (4x6in) so I don’t need to cut and glue anything.

I based my knowledge on the first link mostly and I hope it will be sufficient.


Which country do you live in? Can you recommend a profiling service, especially for the selphies? I want to do that for a while with my CP910, but first I have to get an OS upgrade to have printer drivers for this one at all. But it would be nice to have a service recommendation then, or even a tutorial?! :wink:

@chris I live in Poland thus I use They have equipment necessary for profiling on the professional level (for instance X-rite Eye-One iSis). They don’t have English version of their web page as I can see. I’m happy with the large prints from there but it’s my first time when I profile a printer so I’m waiting for the results.
You can find ICC profiles for Selphy here or here FineArt Printing: ICC Profil für den Canon Selphy CP1200 / CP1300 but I guess that they are for Windows/MacOS.
There is also TurboPrint ( which I consider to purchase for Linux since it gives me good results even without dedicated ICC profile. Right now however I’m evaluating gutenprint 5.2.13 on Ubuntu 18.04.