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Free Dot Gain Compensation Calculator

Here you can calculate TONE CURVE to compensate the TONE VALUE INCREASE (DOT GAIN) of your printing process

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Please input your measured* Tone Values (Dot Area) and the desired maximal Tone Value Increase (Dot Gain). Optionally, you can input control points (%) of your own in which you want to calculate the compensation. Press the button to get your compensation values in the right column of this table.

* You can download the measurement chart here. We recommend you to use X-Rite 500 Series device for the measurements.

Below you can see your compensation values, which you can download as CSV-file for use in a text editor, Excel-like program or any other appropriate application. These values have been calculated by a very simple formula, which works fine in most cases. Contact us if you need a more accurate approximation based on our special algorithm.


Measured Tone Values (Dot Area)
Desired control points (%)
00%:  
1.  
05%:  
2.  
10%:  
3.  
15%:  
4.  
20%:  
5.  
25%:  
6.  
30%:  
7.  
35%:  
8.  
40%:  
9.  
45%:  
10.
50%:  
11.
55%:  
12.
60%:  
13.
65%:  
14.
70%:  
15.
75%:  
16.
80%:  
17.
85%:  
18.
90%:  
19.
95%:  
20.
100%:  
21.
Desired
MAXIMAL Dot Gain**
(Target Value Increase):   %
at the point of %
**Recommended values (to achieve ISO12647):
Heat-set web and commercial/speciality printing, chromatic colors
Offset ISO standard paper type 1,2 133lpi - TVI=12.2% at 56%
Offset ISO standard paper type 1,2 150lpi - TVI=14.3% at 56%
Offset ISO standard paper type 1,2 175lpi - TVI=16.3% at 56%
Offset ISO standard paper type 3 133lpi - TVI=15.5% at 52%
Offset ISO standard paper type 3 150lpi - TVI=17.5% at 52%
Offset ISO standard paper type 3 175lpi - TVI=19.5% at 52%
Offset ISO standard paper type 4,5 130lpi - TVI=18% at 49%
Offset ISO standard paper type 4,5 150lpi - TVI=20% at 49%
Offset ISO standard paper type 4,5 175lpi - TVI=22% at 49%

Flexo (by the minimum achievable dot on the printed sheet)
from 0% to 3% - TVI=18.5% at 47.5%
from 4% to 6% - TVI=19.5% at 47.5%






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