by Julieanne Kost

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April 17, 2014

With Soft Proofing enabled, the first time that you make a change to your image, Lightroom presents a dialog asking if you want to “Create virtual copy for soft proofing?” If you choose “Create Proof Copy”, Lightroom automatically creates a virtual copy allowing you to preserve your previous settings (in the master file), and create a new rendition (or version) tailored to the specific soft proofing options that you choose. If you choose “Make this the Proof” Lightroom will make the changes on the master file. Because everything that you do in Lightroom is nondestructive, if you ever choose “Make this the Proof” and then want to undo the changes, in the Develop Module, select Setting > Proof and disable it.


  • By Phil Shaw - 7:10 AM on April 17, 2014  

    I use this feature a lot when printing on my Epson 3880 printer. I have several presets that modify whatever picture I’ve previously worked on in the develop module so that they will print correctly using the printer’s ICC profile. With soft proofing turned on, a modified picture becomes my virtual soft proof copy. I usually color label these purple so I can instantly tell that these are the printable versions of the image.

  • By Roy Kevelham - 2:53 AM on April 20, 2014  

    When i enable soft proofing it tends to give the picture a flat look. Like there is some white fog in the foreground. Is there an standard rule to compensate this flatness with whites or blacks? It also gives an verry little lower exposure in soft proof vs the normal one.

    My monitor is fully calibrated with an X-rite Colormunki Display.

    I hope you have some tips?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:18 AM on April 20, 2014  

      That’s likely because the device your profiling for has a much smaller color gamut.