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Newspaper printing process standard ISO 12647-3:2013

Agencies and ad suppliers can supply all newspapers worldwide with a single CMYK data set, separated in accordance with a standard ICC colour profile. The introduction of a standard newspaper profile makes newspaper houses more customer-friendly.

Generic Newspaper ICC Color Profile
(download below)

In January 2015 the WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum Board decided to intensify working in the area of print standardization in cooperation with newspaper printers worldwide. A new version of the newspaper ICC color profile was developed and tested by the Swedish Graphic Companies’ Federation in cooperation with WAN-IFRA. This new profile adapts the modifications of ISO 12647-3:2013 especially with regard to reduced total ink coverage.

The name of the new profile is “WAN-IFRAnewspaper26v5.icc”. We had to modify the profile name since the abbreviation “ISO” is only permitted to be used for original documents and products released by the International Organization for Standardization.

Also, the World Printers Forum Board decided to publish a new WAN-IFRA report on “ISO 12647-3:2013, Quality Standard for Newspaper Production”. WAN-IFRA Research Manager Anand Srinivasan authored this new WAN-IFRA report. Please find the report for download below.


Profile Specifications

Name of profile: WAN-IFRAnewspaper26v5.icc
Application used: X-Rite i1Profiler version 1.5.6
ICC version: 2
Color space: primary and secondary colours of ISO 12647-3:2013
Dot gain compensation: 26%
Max ink coverage: 220%
Maximum GCR: heavy black with an early black start

The generation of the profile is based on the measured colour data from different newspaper printing plants worldwide. For this purpose, in each case prints made with the CMYK test-form ISO 12642 with 928 colour patches, also known as IT8.7/3, were measured. Measurement was done in accordance with ISO 12647-1, 5.6, i.e.: 2° viewer, D50 light, geometry 45°/0°or 0°/45°, on a white and black measuring background. The averaged measured data, on which the profile production is based, are available on


WAN-IFRA thanks the following experts for their valuable work:

Martin Elofsson
Project Manager Business Development
Grafiska Företagen, The Swedish Graphic Companies’ Federation
Näringslivets hus, Storgatan 19, Box 555 25
102 04 Stockholm, Sweden

Magnus Brolin – Graphic Consultant
Altamont Media Vasteras AB
Lyckebogatan 5
724 61 Vasteras, Sweden



Manfred Werfel's picture

Manfred Werfel


2015-09-30 15:31

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