Explore your Printer's Boundaries
Gamutvision™ is a gamut viewer and much more. It is a powerful tool for learning color management, exploring its functions, and proofing color workflows. With Gamutvision you can

View gamuts of color spaces, displays, and printers.
Who needs Gamutvision?
Photographers: professional and prosumer
Manufacturers and reviewers of printers, papers, and profiles
Graphic arts studios and print shops
Students of photography and color management
Visualize gamut mappings and rendering intents.
View color response for ANY saturation and lightness level, not just the gamut surface.
Evaluate ICC profile quality.
Preview printer, paper, and photo lab performance using downloaded profiles.
Analyze the performance of your printer using scanned test prints.
See precisely how image colors will change when printed.

Gamutvision is a product of Imatest LLC.

Click here to tour Gamutvision.

3D plot example

Gamutvision illustration

A 3D L*a*b* Gamutvision display showing the color gamuts of

  • the Adobe RGB (1998) color space (outer wire frame), and
  • an Epson R2400 print made on Premium Luster paper set to best quality, mapped from Adobe RGB with colorimetric rendering intent (inner solid). Results derived from Epson’s ICC profile (an X-rite “premium” profile), released around October 2005; different from earlier profiles supplied with the R2400).

This is one of several Gamutvision displays. It can be zoomed and rotated (manually or automatically), and Saturation S can be reduced to display the gamut interior. The L*a*b* gamut volume is optionally displayed on the lower-right.

To learn more about Gamutvision, take the tour.

You can download an evaluation version that allows up to 20 ICC profiles to be analyzed.

Gamutvision operates under Windows* 2000, 2003, or XP, and on Macintosh systems with Virtual PC 6 or 7. Minimum RAM is 256 MB; minimum screen size is 1024x768. (*Not supported on Windows 98SE and ME, but may work on some installations.)

The Gamutvision window

The image below illustrates the Gamutvision window. It has been reduced slightly.

2D plot

The selected input and output color spaces and rendering intent are highlighted on the lower left. Explanatory tooltips appear when the cursor is moved over buttons or controls.

The large image on the left contains the primary Gamutvision output: the 2D a*b* saturation plot of the input gamut (dashed lines) and mapped output gamut (solid lines) is shown. Additional displays, such as the 3D L*a*b* gamut plot shown near the top of this page, can be selected.

The small image on the upper-right contains the input or output test image, either in its original form or mapped (I>M or O>M) to the monitor color space (usually similar to sRGB).You can use this image to compare colors of the original and the transformed images.

The above plot shows the gamut for the Adobe RGB (1998) color space (the input profile) mapped with Perceptual rendering intent to SPR2400 PremLuster BstPhoto.icc (an ICC profile for Epson R2400, Premium Luster). The gamut achieved when mapping from Adobe RGB is distinctly better than sRGB but somewhat smaller than the full printer gamut. These results can be compared with a scanned print. Despite the R2400′s evident weakness in the greens, blues, and magentas, it is state-of-the-art for pigment-based printers in 2006. A comparison with the Epson 2200 (the previous generation) shows little change in color gamut and a modest increase of 0.13 in Dmax (the maximum printable density).

The plot below shows the 3D L*a*b* results of this gamut mapping for an actual image. The circles represent colors in the image file. The ends of the lines are the printed colors.The ends are somewhat obscured by the semitranparent wireframe display of the (mapped) output color space. This display can be made transparent. opaque, or it can be turned off. It can also be rotated and zoomed.

3D vector display of Image color difference

Gamutvision instructions
Installing GamutvisionUsing Gamutvision — essential instructions: getting started  |  Gamutvision displays
Image color analysis with Gamutvision
Gamutvision examples and tutorials These pages, which illustrate a few of Gamutvision’s many uses, make excellent tutorial material. They will help you to get the most out of Gamutvision.
Identifying defective profiles — illustrates a popular profile with a glaring defect and points to a solution.
Evaluating printer profiles with Round trip — illustrates Gamutvision’s Round trip rendering intent.
Profile mystery: The case of the smudged pines — sheds light on a profile defect that smudges a print of pine trees.
Black Point Compensation — shows the meaning of the mysterious checkbox.
Camera and scanner profiles — shows what happens when you convert to standard color spaces.
Printer gamuts: total and real — shows the difference between a printer’s theoretical (i.e., maximum) color gamut and the real color gamut achieved when working with standard color spaces.

Gamutvision uses ICCTrans, the Matlab interface to the LittleCMS color management system. The ICCTrans file is worth downloading for the excellent manual. Many thanks to Ignacio Ruiz de Conejo and Marti Maria (of Hewlett-Packard Spain) for their outstanding work.

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Page updated: 2009-01-16