Quick Start Guide

Get started with CoPrA

What is CoPrA?

The ColorLogic philosophy toward color management is a simple set of tools with highly powerful options. CoPrA produces high quality profiles with just a few clicks using simple easy to use tools. CoPrA can create printer, DeviceLink and SaveInk profiles with Multicolor options for typical day-to-day color management challenges. The simple and quick setup of CoPrA demonstrates the power of ColorLogic’s CoPrA.

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Printer Profiling

New Printer Profile 

Create printer profiles with a variety of options

Update Profile 

Update printer profiles with a small test chart

DeviceLink Profiling

DeviceLink

Create DeviceLink profiles from standard ICC profiles

Editing

Create DeviceLinks via edit charts

SaveInk

Create SaveInk profiles from CMYK profiles

Linearization

Linearization of DVP

Recalculate

Recalculate DeviceLink profiles with a different profile

Tools

Image Conversion 

Convert images using a variety of profiles

Profile Manager

Manage profiles in one convenient place

Batch Overview 

View progress of profile generation, create reports for individual profiles, generate preview profiles, manage profiles

System Requirements
macOS®

10.7.5 or later – (Intel only)

Windows®

Windows® 10, Home, Pro or Enterprise
Windows® 8, Home, Pro or Enterprise
Windows® 7, Home (Basic or Premium), Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise
Windows® XP SP3, Home or Enterprise
Windows® Server 2016
Windows® Server 2012
Windows® Server 2012 R2
Windows® Server 2008
Windows® Server 2008 R2
Windows® Server 2003, Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter

 

Recommended Hardware


  • Minimum – Dual-Core Processor (Quad Core or more recommended)
  • Minimum –  2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Minimum – 1024 × 768 resolution (1280 x 1024 or higher recommended)

Other Information


  • macOS –  CoPrA, ColorAnt and ZePrA run in 64 Bit mode. The Measure Tool runs in 32 Bit mode
  • Windows –  ZePrA runs in 64 Bit mode. CoPrA, ColorAnt and Measure Tool runs in 32 Bit mode
Installation

Installers for the respective platform install the program by default either in the folder Applications  (macOS) or Programs (Windows). Begin installation by double clicking on the CoPrA installation package.

After accepting the Software License Agreement, select the installation folder and decide whether to install ColorAnt as well.

ColorAnt: The integration of ColorAnt (or ColorAnt’s Measure Tool with CoPrA Basic) offers the option to measure test charts for profile creation directly from within CoPrA.

Product Package

What’s included:

  • CoPrA software
  • Additional software: Profile Manager (integrated into CoPrA) and ColorAnt (CoPrA M to XXL) or ColorAnt’s Measure Tool (CoPrA Basic) for measuring test charts
  • ColorAnt M is included in CoPrA M to XL.
  • CoPrA XXL includes ColorAnt L
  • CoPrA Basic includes ColorAnt’s Measure Tool.
  • USB stick (dongle) or computer based license
  • Editable test charts to use with the DeviceLink tool Editing (in the folder EditTargets after installation)
  • Test charts and reference files including Multicolor charts for creating printer profiles 
(in the folder Testcharts after installation)
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Access to Online Help

Note:

The folder EditTargets can be found under:
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\CoPrA5\EditTargets
macOS: Applications\CoPrA5\EditTargets

The folders Testcharts can be found under:
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\CoPrA5\Testcharts
macOS: Applications\CoPrA5\Testcharts

These folders can also be accessed by using the entries Open EditTargets folder and Open Testchart folder in the menu Tools.

The context sensitive Online Help opens up in a web browser after clicking the question mark icon of the respective program window, the F1 key or using the Help menu entry Online Help. An active internet connection is required.

Demo License Request

ColorLogic offers 14-day trial licenses for the applications CoPrA, ZePrA and ColorAnt allowing the user to evaluate the software features and performance.

Notes: All profiles created with a demo license in CoPrA can only be used correctly in ColorLogic applications. All files converted with a demo license in ZePrA are watermark protected.

Requesting a Demo License:

  1. Click on Registration in the lower left corner of the sidebar.
  2. Click on the tab Demo license request.
  3. Enter all required information.
  4. After selecting the country, the software shows a list of available dealers in that region. Select a dealer and click on Send direct request. The relevant demo license will be send to the specified email address within a few minutes.
  5. Save the license file (*.lic) contained in the email on the computer being used.
  6. Load the license file in the tab License details under Registration to activate the respective application.

The expiration date of demo licenses is shown under License Details right after activation.

License Details

A computer-based license is always tied to the computer on which the software (CoPrA, ZePrA or ColorAnt) is installed. This is useful, for example, for temporary test purposes. Computer-based licenses are also required if the computer lacks an USB port or space for an USB dongle, i.e. a rack server.

USB dongle licenses operate with a special USB stick. The USB dongle communicates with the appropriate software license and enables the software to be used on different computers. To be able to assign the license to the USB dongle, the dongle must be connected before starting the software.

The expiry date for time limited versions of the software (for example, NFR or demo licenses) is shown at the bottom right of the software window. No expiry date is displayed for full versions.

 

The tab License details contains information about the license holder, the expiry date and a list of the Available Features showing the activated modules and add-ons.

 

 

 

Main Navigation and Overview

Sidebar

The controls to configure and use CoPrA can be found in the Sidebar. Clicking on the Home icon at the left of the window opens the Sidebar which allows a quick selection of the desired tools.

 

Clicking on the respective icon opens the corresponding CoPrA tool.

Printer Profiling
New Printer Profile: Create high-quality output profiles, adapted to the users needs.
Update Profile: Update existing printer profiles with just a few measurements.

DeviceLink Profiling
DeviceLink: Create DeviceLink profiles from ICC device profiles.
Editing: Create customized DeviceLinks using edited test charts.
SaveInk: Create SaveInk DeviceLink profiles and reduce ink consumption.
Linearization: Linearization of DeviceLink profiles.
Recalculate: Recalculate existing DeviceLink profiles with a new source or target profile.

Tools
Image Conversion: Convert images using a variety of profiles.
Profile Manager: Manage and analyze all ICC profiles from one central location.
Batch Overview: Monitor profile creation, create custom reports for individual profiles and create preview profiles at any time.

Registration: Request demo licenses or download licenses and view license details.

Home: Access the Sidebar with a single mouse click.

Preferences: Define CoPrAs settings, such as the preferred starting page, overwriting of preview profiles or report settings.

Printer Profiling

CoPrA’s profiling functionality is dependent on which base package and modules are purchased (all modules and options are available with a demo license). Depending on the package and modules purchased, CoPrA will profile the following color spaces: Gray, RGB, CMY, CMYK or Multicolor.

Creating printer profiles in CoPrA involves loading measurement and reference data and selecting the settings for profile generation. The profiling Settings are a special feature in CoPrA which can be can be saved and re-used or edited. This ensures consistent profiling and increased color quality in production. Once the required profile quality is achieved with quality results using a particular set of settings, retrieve these settings to create new profiles based on new measurement data – with no color management expertise.

CoPrA includes a number of standard settings (Digital Printing, Inkjet etc.) that are available with the standard installation for output profiling, in addition to the option of creating specialized settings for particular production environments.

The additional rendering intents help the user to achieve the very best profile quality according to their needs. Some of CoPrA advanced options for profile creation include the ability to adopt a profile to viewing conditions, compensate for optical brightener and the ability to set a highlight starting point.

The different modes for controlling the black channel permits specific control of the separation characteristics. These options are complemented by the numerous possibilities for defining exceptions.

Printer Profiling Window

Quick Start Procedure

1. Load measurement data by clicking on the Load button, dragging and dropping on the window or click the Measure button to start the Measure tool.

2. Use the Settings button to select one of CoPrA’s predefined settings and click Next.

3. If further customization of the profile is necessary, click the Customize button (available in M package or higher) to access CoPrA’s comprehensive set of options. Help for individual functions is available Online by clicking any of the ? to access Online help.

4. Click Next. CoPrA by default names the profile based on the measurement data and setting selected. Customize the name of the profile Choose the ICC Format (V2 or V4), next select the Size of the profile (defines grid points in the profile). The option is available to generate a detailed Profile Report that contains in-depth information on profile statistics, gamut, gamut volume, gray balance, conversions, hue samples, linearity and dot gain. The number of report pages will vary depending on the type of profile being generated.

5. By clicking the Save button as the profile process begins, you can go back to the navigation panel and click Batch Overview to view the processing progress. Batch Overview to view the processing progress. (Shortcut: click on the bottom center to go directly to the Batch Overview or keyboard shortcut cmd 8).

Update Profiles

CoPrA includes an innovative approach to updating ICC profiles without printing a large test chart and defining profile settings from scratch. This approach requires printing a small control strip to quickly update a profile for changing print conditions.

Quick Start Procedure

1. Load measurement data by clicking on the Load button, dragging and dropping on the window or click the Measure button to start the Measure Tool.

2. Click Next. CoPrA will automatically search the system for the closest matching profile and display it in the drop-down window. Use this profile or select the profile that requires updating from the drop-down window.

3. Select the default (use settings from reference profile) or from one of the presets from the drop-down. For details on the custom settings, please refer to the ColorLogic online help.

4. Click Next, name the updated profile, choose the size and format of the ICC profile. From the additional options for creating a profile report, a Profile Comparison Report (that compares the effect of the update) and generate a correction DeviceLink profile.

DeviceLink Profiling

DeviceLink Profiling

DeviceLink profiles complement the use of “normal” ICC device profiles (device profiles are printer, monitor, and scanner profiles) and are applied to certain tasks in order to achieve substantially better results in terms of quality and printing when converting and adapting colors. DeviceLink profiles specifically avoid many of the weaknesses of color conversion based on ICC device profiles.

DeviceLink Profiling

CoPrA can create DeviceLink profiles for all combinations of color spaces: Gray, RGB, CMYK, Multicolor. The most important applications are CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and CMYK-to-Multicolor. To create DeviceLink profiles, a pre-configured ICC printer profile is required. If there is no ICC printer profile for a printing process or an output device, simply create it in the CoPrA Printer Profiling module.

Quick Start Procedure

1. Load the Source and Target profile(s).

2. From the Settings drop-down menu, select the appropriate predefined setting for your production task. ColorLogic recommends starting with one of the predefined settings supplied.

3. Click the Next button and proceed to or click Customize. For more detailed information click the ? to access CoPrA’s Online help.

4.   Name the profile and set the ICC Format, Size of the profile and the option to generate a detailed report or generate a preview profile (useful for visual checking) and click Save.

5. To check the progress of profile generation, click to Batch Overview by accessing the main panel, or keyboard shortcut cmd 8.

Correction DeviceLink Profiles

The CoPrA 4 and later DeviceLink module adds the option to generate a Correction DeviceLink. The Correction DeviceLink includes special settings that allow for corrections to deviations in the print process. Correction DeviceLinks can also compensate for paper color and major ink corrections.

Create DeviceLink profiles by editing

One of the most powerful features of CoPrA is creating DeviceLink profiles with the DeviceLink Editing module. These profiles can be applied in an automated fashion in a workflow program that supports DeviceLink profiles (e.g. ZePrA).

Simply open one of the supplied CoPrA Edit Targets (for CMYK, RGB or Grayscale) that are installed with CoPrA in an image editing program which has the tools to apply (e.g. Adobe Photoshop) the color corrections required. It is possible to add other image data to the Edit Target. The corrections must be applied globally to the entire Edit Target.

DeviceLink Editing

The upper left corner contains a specially designed element that CoPrA measures. Based on the edit, CoPrA then calculates a new DeviceLink profile. This powerful function can be put to a wide variety of uses: recurring color corrections on different sets of image data, specifically prepare RGB image data for four-color or multicolor printing, apply gradation curves in the profile rather than in the RIP, create special effects or simply fine-tune an existing DeviceLink profile.

Quick Start Procedure

1. Open one of the ColorLogic edit targets located in Tools>Open EditTargets folder

2. Edit the appropriate target in any image editing program (i.e. Photoshop) and save.

Note: Remember the size and position of the Control Element cannot change.

3. Open the edited chart in the DeviceLink Editing module and apply any of the options available for Purifying Colors, choosing source and target profiles etc.

SaveInk DeviceLink Profiles

By optimizing the black composition of the data, SaveInk DeviceLink profiles make it possible to reduce the amount of cyan, magenta and yellow used – without any loss of quality and control the amount of TAC (total area coverage) reduction. Applying this function to a moderate degree enhances the stability of the printing process, while the use of a stronger level saves even more ink. Additionally, SaveInk functionality can also be combined with the other options available in CoPrA, e.g. color space conversion + SaveInk.

Quick Start Procedure

1. Load the CMYK Printer Profile either by selecting in the menu or dragging and dropping onto the menu.

2. Select the Setting by using any of the predefined settings in the list. For advanced settings click on the Customize button

3. Name the profile, choose the ICC Format and Size of the profile; click the Profile Report to create a report.

SaveInk DeviceLink Profiles

By optimizing the black composition of the data, SaveInk DeviceLink profiles make it possible to reduce the amount of cyan, magenta and yellow used without any loss of quality and control the amount of TAC (total area coverage) reduction. Applying this function to a moderate degree enhances the stability of the printing process, while use of a stronger level saves even more ink. Additionally SaveInk functionality can also be combined with the other options available in CoPrA, e.g. color space conversion + SaveInk.

Linearize DeviceLink Profiles

DeviceLink Linearisation optimizes the tone values of primary gradation ramps for any printer and color combination. The goal of Linearisation is for adequate differences from white to 100% of primary inks, smooth gradation curves and adjust primary colors to a defined, reproducible condition.

Quick Start Procedure

1. Print primary ramps on an uncalibrated output device with no color management.

2. Measure the test chart and optimize the measurement data with ColorLogic’s ColorAnt and open the measurement data in CoPrA; or measure data by using CoPrA’s Measure Tool.

3. Click Customize and choose one of the default Settings and Calculation Methods (Fig 4.4 -four standard methods are available).

4. Click Next and set the profile settings. Generate a Profile Report to get details on the profile.

Tools

Image Conversion

CoPrA can convert PSD, TIFF and JPEG files with ICC device profiles and DeviceLink profiles. Typical application programs do not support all types of DeviceLink (i.e. RGB to CMYK) or Multicolor profiles.

Image Conversion Window

When CoPrA has a demo license installed, the application will allow the conversion of images with CoPrA demo profiles for further evaluation in other programs (i.e. Photoshop).

Profile Manager

The Profile Manager allows viewing, organization, analysis, and comparison of profiles after creation in CoPrA. The unique ability of Profile Manager to display all types of profiles, (including DeviceLink and Multicolor Profiles) is a powerful tool for everyday color management. Profile Manager includes 5 different tabs (General, Curves, Gamut, Colorants, Workflow) or verifies and checks the quality of a profile with a profile report.

Profile Manager

Batch profiling

Batch profiling functions are incorporated in CoPrA allowing power users to create several profiles at once and perform additional functions once profiles have been generated.

Batch Profling

Advantages of batch profiling:

While the profile is being calculated, load new measurement data, prepare the next profile(s) or create variations. All profiles to be calculated are displayed in the Batch Overview and are processed one after the other. With batch profiling and calculating numerous profiles successively, it is not necessary to wait until the calculation of the current profile to be completed before preparing the next profile for calculation.

Located at the top of the Batch Overview window is a toolbar that will perform various functions,
including Start, Stop, Deletion of profiles. Direct access to the Profile Manager or revealing the profiles on an individual system can be done directly from the toolbar.

The toolbar also includes the option to create pdf or XML reports (XML requires CoPrA L package or higher), create preview profiles and access Profile Manager.

CoPrA’s STANDARD PACKAGES

ColorLogic software is flexible to adapt ever changing profiling needs. All packages are flexible and customizable.

CoPrA’s advanced features can be added as needed.

CoPrA Basic


STANDARD FEATURES


Supported Colorspaces

RGB, Gray, CMYK Profile generation with presets


Profile Updating

Update profiles with standard presets


Profile Manager

PDF Reporting


Includes ColorAnt Measure Tool

R

CoPrA M


STANDARD FEATURES


Create profiles with custom settings and presets

RGB, Gray, CMYK profile generation with presets or custom settings


Profile Updating

Update profiles with standard presets or custom settings


Profile Manager

PDF Reporting


Image Conversion

Convert RGB, CMYK, Gray and LAB


Includes ColorAnt M

R

CoPrA L


STANDARD FEATURES


Create profiles with custom settings and presets

Use CoPrA’s presets or fully customize profiles with powerful options


DeviceLink Creation

Create DeviceLinks for RGB, Gray, LAB CMY, CMYK colorspaces


DeviceLink Linearization

Linearize DeviceLinks to a variety of standards


DeviceLink Recalculation

Convert RGB, CMYK, Gray and LAB


Generate XML Reports

Generate Reports in PDF or XML formats


Includes ColorAnt M

R

CoPrA XL


STANDARD FEATURES


Create profiles with custom settings and presets

Correction, Smoothing, Averaging, White and Black Correction, Brightener, Rescale, Tone Value, Link


DeviceLink Creation and Editing

Create DeviceLinks RGB, Gray, LAB CMY, CMYK


DeviceLink Linearization

Linearize DeviceLinks to a variety of standards


DeviceLink Recalculation

Convert RGB, CMYK, Gray and LAB


SaveInk Profiles

Create SaveInk DeviceLinks


Generate XML Reports

Generate Reports in PDF or XML formats


Includes ColorAnt M

R

CoPrA XXL


STANDARD FEATURES


Create profiles with custom settings and presets

RGB, CMYK, Gray, CMY, MultiColor (2 up to 15 channels)


Update profiles with custom settings or presets

Profile updating (RGB, CMYK, Multicolor)


DeviceLink profile creation from ICC Profiles

RGB, Gray, CMYK, SaveInk CMYK, Reprofiler DeviceLinks (RGB/CMYK), Reprofiler Multicolor DeviceLinks


DeviceLink Creation and Editing

RGB, Gray, LAB, CMY, CMYK, MultiColor (up to 15 channels)


DeviceLink Linearization

Linearize DeviceLinks to a variety of standards


DeviceLink Recalculation

Convert RGB, CMYK, Gray and LAB


SaveInk Profiles

Create SaveInk DeviceLinks


Multicolor profiles

Create and update Multicolor Profiles and DeviceLinks


Generate XML Reports

Generate Reports in PDF or XML formats


Includes ColorAnt L