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1. (WO2019048029) METHOD AND PRINTER SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ADJUSTED OUTPUT SETTINGS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1 . A printer system comprising:

a controller;

memory configured to store respective output settings for a plurality of locations on a substrate;

one or more printing elements configured to deposit ink onto the substrate; and

a sensor configured to measure actual color values of the ink deposited onto the substrate;

wherein the controller is configured to:

instruct the one or more printing elements to deposit ink onto a first substrate according to the respective output settings;

instruct the sensor to measure an actual color value of the ink deposited onto the first substrate at each of a plurality of locations;

determine a difference between the actual color value and a target color value for each of the plurality of locations;

determine adjusted respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined difference; and

store the adjusted respective output settings in the memory as the respective output settings.

2. The printer system of claim 1 , wherein the controller is further configured to:

instruct the one or more printing elements to deposit ink onto a second substrate at the plurality of locations according to the adjusted respective output settings.

3. The printer system of claim 1 , wherein to instruct the one or more printing elements to deposit ink onto a first substrate according to the respective output settings, the controller is configured to:

receive image data indicative of an image to be printed;

select the plurality of locations based on a resolution of the sensor;

determine the target color value for each of the plurality of locations based on the image data; and

determine the respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined target color value for each of the plurality of locations.

4. The printer system of claim 3, wherein to select the plurality of locations based on a resolution of the sensor, the controller is configured to:

divide the image data into a plurality of patches, wherein each of the plurality of patches has dimensions corresponding to an area on the first substrate that can be measured by the sensor, and wherein the plurality of locations correspond to locations of the plurality of patches.

5. The printer system of claim 4, wherein to determine the target color value for a location of the plurality of locations, the controller is configured to:

determine patch image data for a patch associated with the location;

determine that the patch image data corresponds to two or more colors;

determine an area within the patch occupied by each of the two or more colors; and

determine the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the determined areas.

6. The printer system of claim 4, wherein to determine the target color value for a location of the plurality of locations, the controller is configured to:

determine patch image data for a patch associated with the location;

determine that the patch image data corresponds to two or more colors;

determine a priority for each of the two or more colors;

determine the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the priorities.

7. The printer system of claim 4, wherein to determine the target color value for a location of the plurality of locations, the controller is configured to:

determine patch image data for a patch associated with the location;

determine that the patch image data corresponds to two or more colors;

determine an area within the image occupied by each of the two or more colors;

determine the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the determined areas.

8. The printer system of claim 1 , wherein to determine adjusted respective output settings, the controller is configured to, for each of the plurality of locations:

determine actual output settings using the actual color value and a color model which maps color values to output settings;

determine target output settings using the target color value and the color model;

determine a difference between the target output settings and the actual output settings; and

determine the adjusted output settings based on the determined difference.

9. A method of printing comprising:

executing an output settings calibration procedure, the procedure comprising:

depositing, by one or more printing elements, ink onto a first substrate according to respective output settings;

measuring, by a sensor, an actual color value of the ink deposited onto the first substrate at each of a plurality of locations;

determining a difference between the actual color value and a target color value for each of the plurality of locations; and

determining adjusted respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined difference; and

depositing, by the one or more printing elements, ink onto a second substrate according to the adjusted respective output settings.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

determining that a location of the plurality of locations is associated with two or more different colors; and

repeating the output settings calibration procedure for each of the two or more different colors.

1 1 . The method of claim 9, wherein depositing, by one or more printing elements, ink onto a first substrate according to respective output settings comprises:

receiving image data indicative of an image to be printed;

dividing the image data into a plurality of patches, wherein each of the plurality of patches has dimensions corresponding to an area on the first substrate that can be measured by the sensor, and wherein the plurality of locations correspond to locations of the plurality of patches;

determining the target color value for each of the plurality of locations based on the image data; and

determining the respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined target color value for each of the plurality of locations.

12. The method of claim 1 1 , wherein determining the target color value for a location of the plurality of locations comprises:

determining patch image data for a patch associated with the location;

determining that the patch image data corresponds to two or more colors; and

the method further comprises at least one of:

determining an area within the patch occupied by each of the two or more colors and determining the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the determined areas;

determining a priority for each of the two or more colors and determining the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the priorities; and

determining an area within the image occupied by each of the two or more colors and determining the target color value for the location as one of the two or more colors based on the determined areas.

13. The method of claim 9, wherein determining adjusted respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined difference, comprises, for each of the plurality of locations:

determining actual output settings using the actual color value and a color model which maps color values to output settings;

determining target output settings using the target color value and the color model;

determining a difference between the target output settings and the actual output settings; and

determining the adjusted output settings based on the determined difference.

14. The method of claim 9, further comprising:

repeating the output settings calibration procedure until the determined difference for at least one of the plurality of locations is below a threshold difference.

15. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing instructions that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the one or more processors, in a printer system, to:

instruct one or more printing elements to deposit ink onto a first substrate at a plurality of locations according to respective output settings;

instruct a sensor to measure an actual color value of the ink deposited onto the first substrate at each of a plurality of locations;

determine a difference between the actual color value and a target color value for each of the plurality of locations;

determine adjusted respective output settings for each of the plurality of locations based on the determined difference; and

store the adjusted respective output settings in memory as the respective output settings.