Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

Paul Fleming

Second Advisor

Veronika Husovska

Third Advisor

Michael Joyce


The use of Optical Brightening Agents (OBA’s) in printing and proofing papers has drastically increased and, while the use of OBA’s has improved the appearance for end-use consumers, it represents great challenges to those attempting to successfully color manage the print. Therefore, standards have been created in order to assist in the measurement of these papers, and can be found within ISO 13655-2009: Spectral Measurement and Colorimetric Computation for Graphic Arts Images. This newly defined measurement standard is referred to as the “M” series. While this new standard has its advantages, it also poses some disadvantages. This report will discuss the full details of the revised ISO “M” measurement modes, the dilemmas facing the comparison of values from the X-Rite eXact and i1Basic Pro 2 using the M0, M1, and M2 modes, and how to properly communicate measurements in order to minimize variations in spectral and colorimetric properties of color based upon the ΔE values.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access