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IT8 targets for Scanner Profiling

26th November 2021 Scanning


Where to find them

A good source of inexpensive, quality IT8 targets is Lasersoft Imaging (makers of the excellent scanning software - SilverFast).

If you want to calibrate a scanner, you need a reference.  The industry standard reference image for scanner calibration is an IT8 Target.

IT8 targets come in both reflective (i.e. document) and film form.

Lasersoft Imaging are the best affordable option for high quality IT8 targets. 

For film scanner calibration, Lasersoft manufacture IT8.7/1 and IT8.7/2 targets for scanner calibration: Silverfast IT8 targets. (With patented Auto-IT8-Calibration feature when using them with SilverFast itself, but also usable with any scanning software that offers IT8 calibration - including Vuescan.)

Silverfast also have Kodachrome IT8targets.

Kodak and Fuji also make these, but they charge a fortune, and a guy in Germany also makes ok ones for reasonable prices: Wolf Faust Affordable IT8 Targets...but we recommend LaserSoft as the best/most reliable supplier and this is where we get our own targets.

For flatbed (document/artwork)  scanner calibration, Lasersoft again have you covered.

How to use them

Once you have the target and reference file (i.e. a file that says what the target colours should actually be), scan the target and compare it to the reference. From this, a translation table (i.e. profile) is made between what you got (i.e. the colours in your scan), and what you should have got (the actual measured colours of your target).

Higher end scanning software typically has an IT8 calibration routine built in (e.g. both Vuescan and Silverfast do).

If not, then contact us to build the profile for you here - we just need your full size scan of the IT8 target, plus the reference data you received with your target.  We charge $50 for this service.  (We have done this for 20 years and our scanner profiles are used by some of the most prestigious organisations in this country, and of course many professional and amateur visual artists as well!).

An IT8 colour transparency target