Uwe Steinmueller Printer Evaluation Image

A short descripton of an excellent printer test image. A link to it is also included because the original website link does not work.

Printer test or evaluation images are specifically designed for use in evaluating the capabilites of printers with various paper and ink combinations. They are designed to be particularly challenging to print due to their saturated colors and steep gradients yet represent real world scenarios. They also may include synthetic constructs like color or grayscale ramps, color patches, etc. The goal is to make it easy to visually evaluate the capabilities of a printer/paper/ink combination.

Examples can be found all over the internet with a simple search, but one that seems to be particularly useful and well regarded is from Digital Outback Photo. The link to download the image on that page is broken, however it can be downloaded from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

I like the image for several reasons:

Another image specifically for black and white that I like is from Keith Cooper at Northlight Images.

These images are also useful for evaluating displays. I use them whenever I calibrate my display and create a new ICC profile to make sure there aren’t any problems with the profile.