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Characterisation data for relevant printing conditions


TitleDescription/abstractVersionDateFile typeFile sizeDownload
FOGRA51-FOGRA52 Archive contains the characterisation data (Fogra Standards) FOGRA51, FOGRA51 spectral and FOGRA52. V1.0 23.09.2020 zip 180 KB Download
FOGRA1-FOGRA38 Archive contains all "older" characterisation data from FOGRA1 to FOGRA38. V1.0 23.09.2020 zip 1 MB Download
MediaWedge Subsets - FOGRA39 to FOGRA59 The archive contains the Fogra MediaWedge CMYK V3.0 subsets with 72 patches (or 102 for Fogra MediaWedge Multicolor V1) V1.0 21.09.2020 zip 32 KB Download

Charakterisation data by Fogra

Overview of all current Fogra Standards

Char.-FilePrinting processScreening (acco. to)Substrate1CMY2K3Remarks
FOGRA59Colour ExchangeSpace----eciCMYK_V2
FOGRA58Colour ExchangeSpace----Beta - Textile-RGB
FOGRA57Sheet fed offset +
Glossy OPP
60/cmPS 1/2A*A*printing based on FOGRA51
FOGRA56Sheet fed offset +
Matte OPP
60/cmPS 1/2A*A*printing based on FOGRA51
FOGRA55Colour ExchangeSpace--  Beta - CMYKOGV
FOGRA54Web offset
60/cmPS6 (super calandered, uncoated, SC-B)B*B* 
FOGRA53Colour ExchangeSpace---- 
FOGRA52Sheet fed offset60/cmPS 5 (uncoated stock with OBA)C*C* 
FOGRA51Sheet fed offset60/cmPS 1, former PT 1/2A*A* 
FOGRA50Sheet fed offset +
60/cmPT1/2ABprinting based on FOGRA39
FOGRA49Sheet fed offset +
60/cmPT1/2ABprinting based on FOGRA39
FOGRA48Rollenoffset Heatset60/cmImproved newsprint (INP)CD 
FOGRA47Sheet fed offset60/cmPT4CDsubstitutes
FOGRA46Web offset
FOGRA45Web offset
60/cmLWC improvedBC 
FOGRA44Sheet fed offsetNP4 (FM)PT4FF 
FOGRA43Sheet fed offsetNP4 (FM)PT1/2FF 
FOGRA42Web offset
60/cmStandard news print paperCDCIELAB values are bb (6)
FOGRA41Web offset
FOGRA40Web offset
FOGRA39Sheet fed offset60/cmPT1/2AB 


1PT1 = Paper type 1 = 115 g/m2glossy coated
PT2 = Paper type 2 = 115 g/m2 matt coated
PT3 = Paper type 3 = 65 g/m2 LWC web offset
PT4 = Paper type 4 = 115 g/m2 uncoated white offset
PT5 = Paper type 5 = 115 g/m2 uncoated yellowish offset
2Tone value increase CMY
3one value increaseK
4NP = non periodic , 20 µm or 30 µm
5Surface finishing of standardized printings with matt/glossy OPP laminating films
6The measurement data have been adapted to reflect readings on black backing (bb). Use these values for PSO solid coloration 1:1 (on black backing). Proofing remains unchanged.

Further Details

Characterisation data combine the device-dependent control values (e.g. K, RGB, CMYK, CMYKOGV etc.) with the resulting colour values (e.g. CIELAB). If a printing condition is highly relevant to practice, especially from the point of view of Fogra members, a “normal” measurement file is converted into a Fogra standard: FOGRAXX.

Admittedly, publication only takes place after extensive testing, especially in consultation with the relevant industry representatives such as the bvdm and the ECI.

In addition to the characterisation data (RGB, CMYK or CMYKOGV) you will also find the respective extracted values of the Fogra MediaWedge (CMYK or Multicolor).

Is there only one ICC profile for each characterisation file?

In addition to the recommended ICC profiles of the ECI, there are other manufacturers who create ICC profiles based on the Fogra characterization data. These differ both in gamut mapping and in the respective separation characteristics. Consequently, the separation results are also different. This difference in data preparation (but not in proofing) must be taken into account when using these profiles.

However, the transformation from CMYK to CIELAB is identical, so applications using these tables such as proofing will not produce different results. An overview of typical ICC profiles with the respective characterisation data can be found here.