Posts tagged "Printing and Soft Proofing"

August 15, 2014

25/50 – Soft Proofing Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 for Photoshop CC

Camera Raw in Photoshop CC now includes the ability to select RGB, CMYK and LAB ICC profiles to soft proof images. To select a profile, click the workflow Options (accessed via the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw window) and in the Color Space section, choose the Space from the pop-down menu. Once a profile is selected, Camera Raw displays a “soft proof” of that image. In addition you have the ability to choose either Perceptual or Relative as your rendering Intent and can choose whether or not to Simulate Paper and Ink. Note: there is not an option for Black Point Compensation because it is always enabled in Camera Raw. In addition, Grayscale color profiles will only appear in the Space popup when processing a monochrome image or when converting a color image to grayscale. And finally, when using a Lab or CMYK color space, the histogram and color readouts will change accordingly. Check out the details in the video below:

Note: For accurate results, monitor calibration is a must! In addition, there may very well be some colors that simply aren’t reproducible on a monitor that can be printed and vice versa.

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March 7, 2012

Video Tutorial – Soft Proofing in Lightroom 4

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how Lightroom 4 enables you to soft proof your images and take complete control over a photograph’s color when publishing it to a variety of devices.

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August 23, 2011

Automating Printing with Actions and Scripts

For those who just want to know the short story – in Photoshop CS5 you can record an action that specifies every selection available in the Print Window and the Driver (paper size, paper type, color management mode, printer marks).

For those who want the longer version – in order to do this, we had to change the workflow a bit:

On Mac, in previous versions, you would set up your print in the Photoshop print window, click print, and then go to the OS print window to set the driver settings. We moved the OS print dialog into the Photoshop Print window, under the Printer Settings button. (The reason for this is so that we can capture all the info and put it in an action or a script.) On the first time printing in CS5, if you do not enter the Printer Settings dialog (the OS/Driver dialog), the OS dialog will appear after hitting print (just like CS4). It does this because there are no pre-existing settings. After that, this OS dialog will not appear automatically, and Photoshop will use whatever settings were last entered. Opening the Printer Settings in the print window will allow you to adjust those settings, just as before, but the order is different so this might be confusing.

On Windows, Photoshop has always had the OS/Driver dialog available from the Photoshop print window so it’s not as different, but we have removed the OS window you would have had after clicking print. Again, this was done so that Photoshop has all the print info (contained in Photoshop) so that you can record actions and scripts.

Another change that was made, is that upon selecting a printer, the default profile for the printer is selected and all of the profiles associated with that printer are filtered to the top of the list. Seems like a slam dunk, but unfortunately not all printers have logical defaults and unless you happen to be printing to the default paper, Photoshop will most likely be picking the wrong default profile. If you are a user of custom profiles, those profiles will very likely not be associated with the printer, so unfortunately Photoshop can not choose the correct profile automatically in that situation either.  It does however, at least encourage the selection of a printer profile (not AdobeRGB) to new users.

Thank you Tom Attix for this information!

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August 22, 2011

Printing with No Color Management

Last week I was reminded that when Photoshop CS5 shipped, it no longer had the ability to print with no color management (due to a variety of reasons). Since then, Adobe has released the Adobe Color Printer Utility to replace the No Color Management option. You can get additional information and download  this utility here:

Just as an FYI, the ability to print with no color management is primarily for people needing to print color targets for making printer profiles.

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November 20, 2009

Video Tutorial – Creating A Triptych In Photoshop

In this Adobe Photoshop CS4 tutorial, Julieanne Kost shows you how to open 3 images at once in Photoshop and then easily arrange them into a Triptych.

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September 21, 2009

Video Tutorial – Top 10 Little-Known Features in Photoshop CS4

In this video tutorial, Julienne Kost covers the top 10 little-known features in Photoshop CS4 that can make a huge difference in the way you work.

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