Linearization/Dot Gain Curves...

Recently, I have had cause to explore the cause and effect relationship of RIP linearization/dot gain curves and profile internal curves.

I have a situation in which the only method by which I can adjust my RIP linearization curve is to adjust the dot gain value of a pre-determined curve. In other words, I have no ability to create a tone-curve outside of the limited control offered in this RIP.

I have discovered that the profile’s internal dot gain and gray-balance curves are affected by the RIP linearization curves.

Now that I’ve identified the relationship between the two, I am wondering whether this discovery has any value in my efforts to create the best possible output profile.

Is there an ideal RIP linearization tone curve to “give” to a profiler?

To what degree, if any, does a profiler “care” what the curve looks like?

Is there greater benefit to linearize to a dot gain based curve, or a density (or optical density) based curve?

Is dot gain, and linearizing based on dot gain, relevant to linearizing an inkjet device?

If a dot gain based linearization curve is beneficial, is there an ideal dot gain setting for the curves?