Join the Inkjetter Email Toll Free 888-248-8774 My Account Help Shopping Basket
Inkjet Paper by Inkjet Experts
Types of Inkjet Paper Customized Shopping Speciality Sections
By Paper Size
For Your Printer
For Your Project / Industry
Equivalent Paper Locator

 

 

The Great Inkjet Paper Guide
Warm Tone Inkjet Papers
Textured Inkjet Papers
Scrapbook Central
Genuine Epson Inks
 
Genuine Canon Inks
 

Support Home

Inkjet Tips

Ask a Question

Printer Color Profiles

Product Tour

Printer Settings

Like Us on Facebook

Read the Blog

Follow Us on Twitter

You are here: InfoCenter » Inkjet Tips » Soft Proofing Explained

 

Soft Proofing Explained

For Photoshop and Lightroom

Introduction

Soft-proofing is the capability to see how your photos will appear when printed. It gives you an idea of the output quality before you click Print. Ideally, you can use the soft-proof information to further edit your image and compensate for changes imposed by your printer or paper's performance limitations.

It is important to note that you should only use a calibrated and profiled monitor when soft-proofing. (look to companies like Datacolor for your monitor profiling needs).

Some more tips:

  • Wait for your print to dry fully, 20 minutes to an hour, before comparing it to the monitor.
  • Be sure to illuminate your print properly during this comparison. Be in a brightly lit room, use a color balanced light next to your monitor, or bring the print to window.
  • Comparisons should be limited to color and tone accuracy.

Photoshop



To begin the soft proof process, go to Photoshop menu: View > Proof Setup > Custom

1. Device to Simulate - choose the printer profile you would like to soft-proof. Profiles are obtained from Red River Paper's profile library.

2. Rendering Intent - Start with Perceptual. Your other option for inkjet printing purposes is Relative Colorimetric. Rendering intent dictates how Photoshop will deal with out of gamut colors.

Perceptual aims to preserve the visual relationship between colors so they are perceived as natural to the human eye, even though the color values may change. Perceptual is suitable for images with lots of saturated, out-of-gamut colors.

Relative compares the extreme highlight of the source color space to that of the destination color space and shifts all colors accordingly. Out-of-gamut colors shift to the closest reproducible colors in the destination space. Relative preserves more of the original colors in an image than Perceptual.

3. Black Point Compensation - Leave this option checked.

4. Simulate Paper Color - Try turning it on and off. This feature maps the "White Point Tag" in your profile. When this option is left off, the maximum white (RGB=255) in the file is mapped to the maximum white of the monitor (MonitorRGB=255). So the white you will see is the white point of your monitor, not the print. When turned on, the simulation uses the paper's white point. In short, the system tries to replicate the actual white shade of the paper you are using.

Simulate Black Ink maps the Black Point Tag inside the profile to the monitor display in an attempt to reproduce the actual black density of your print. It is defaulted ON if you choose Simulate Paper Color.

5. Preview - You will be able to see the soft-proof applied and change behind this dialog if you check the Preview option.

Click OK to apply the soft-proof.

TOP TIP - Keep in mind that the soft-proof is not an edit to your image. The file has not been altered in any way by applying a soft-proof.

TOP TIP - Once you click OK, the dialog will close and you will be back at your image, viewing in soft-proof mode. To switch back and forth from soft-proof to a non-proofed view, press CTRL+Y on your keyboard. (Command+Y on a Mac).

Take care when using these display option proofs. The results can often look odd at first blush. One good tip from Giorgio Trucco at Outbackphoto.com is to look away when applying the proof. Give it a good 20 seconds then look at your monitor. This should be a good preview of your final output. For a more in-depth presentation on Photoshop soft proofing, check out this presentation by Cambridge in Colour. (link opens in new browser)

 

Lightroom

With an image open in the Develop module, select the Soft Proofing box in the toolbar.

The preview background turns white, a Proof Preview label appears in the upper-right corner of the preview area, and the Soft Proofing panel opens.

1. Choose the printer profile you would like to soft-proof. Profiles are obtained from Red River Paper's profile library.

2. Intent - The rendering intent determines how colors are converted from one color space to another.

Perceptual aims to preserve the visual relationship between colors so they are perceived as natural to the human eye, even though the color values may change. Perceptual is suitable for images with lots of saturated, out-of-gamut colors.

Relative compares the extreme highlight of the source color space to that of the destination color space and shifts all colors accordingly. Out-of-gamut colors shift to the closest reproducible colors in the destination space. Relative preserves more of the original colors in an image than Perceptual.

3. Simulate Paper & Ink - This feature tries to simulate the true white tone of the paper you are using. The system obtains this information from the profile data, which contains the white point of the paper. The ink simulation uses the "Black Point Tag" inside the profile. It attempts to reproduce the actual black density of your printer, paper, and ink combination.

1. Show/Hide Monitor Gamut Warning - Colors that are outside your display’s color capabilities appear blue in the image preview area.

2. Show/Hide Destination Gamut Warning - Colors that are outside your printer’s rendering capabilities appear red in the image preview area.
Colors that are outside the gamut of both the monitor and destination device appear pink in the image preview area.

 

To edit your photo to bring it within a desired color space, click Create Proof Copy. Lightroom creates a virtual copy that you can adjust to print as you desire. Then, make your adjustments.

 

 

 

Join the Email List Today!

Join 75,000 photography and printing fans for special offers and money saving deals first. Get better results from your photo printer with weekly tips and helpful links. Join today!

Sales / Support
888.248.8774

Popular Links

Shipping and Returns

Product Reviews

© 1997-2016 Red River Paper, Inc. 8330 Directors Row Dallas, Texas 75247

Privacy & Security   User Agreement & Disclaimer  Site Map

Prices, specifications, and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors.

Sony, Mitsubishi, Red River Paper brand high density & high gloss ultrasound paper - www.redriverpaper.com

Red River Paper products proudly converted, packaged, sold, and supported from the U.S.A.