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Color proofing



  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    Step 4 a. Check that your Rendering Intent in preferences matches what your printing partner tells you. It can be different for different papers, or Alu Dibond, etc.

    Step 5 is, with proofing (ICC profile of the printer/paper) enabled, adjust colors and foremost contrast. Best you do this with a variant for your intended paper/print. For web, use sRGB.

    Step 6: Check with your partner but I think you need to provide your image file in a standard profile e.g. sRGB or AdobeRGB, so don't export with the printer/paper profile

    Step 7: Compare the final print with the image variant with soft-proofing the printer/paper ICC profile. Search for errors if there are any, and be prepared that especially contrast and brightness will most likely differ from the soft-proof, due to different technologies (printer vs.. monitor), regardless of soft-proofing. Adjust your habit

    I found many articles that say that you should edit in ProPhoto RGB mode.

    Not necessarily.C1 uses in internal working space, there some documentation in the online manual or somewhere here on the C1 page.

    Something around those lines. I hope I did not tell you something completely wrong. Printing is an art (but I am not a printing artist). Expect surprises, so before printing big and expensive, consider cheaper hard-proofs (e.g. smaller or cropped versions of your image) with that printing partner.

  • headincloud

    BeO Thanks for the clarification, it is most helpful :)

    So setting the "Proof profile" to "No profile" is correct thing to do right? It will use the default monitor ICC in this case, and this is set to the calibrated profile,right? I'm not doing anything stupid here? :D


  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    I think so, yes. With no profile you work in the C1 internal color space, only limited by the gamut of your profiled monitor. For me it is a little different as I have a hardware-calibrated (not profiled) monitor, that's similar but a little different, but I think you're doing it right. I would edit the main variant with no proof and then make a variant for each print, note the print variant purpose e.g. as a keyword. 


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