With today’s complex cross-media campaigns, accurate profiling is even more important for managing customer expectations across the color supply chain. Our i1Pro 2 solutions help photographers, videographers, prepress and digital printers create profiles for the best color on monitors, scanners, projectors, printers, and online web-to-print submission tools.
But with so many to choose from, how do you know which is the right tool for your color workflow?
Whether you’re looking to add a new component to your existing workflow or ready to convert to a complete i1 solution, today’s blog can help. We’ll explain the different components of a color-managed workflow, why each is important, and the i1 solutions that can help at each stage.
Softproofing – the ability to simulate how an image will appear in print right from your monitor – can save a lot of time and effort in your printing workflow. Although many photographers already rely on it, anyone who designs, approves, prepares or prints brand and color-critical images can also benefit.
A typical color workflow includes a lot of editing, proofing, rework, and approvals. Even then, what comes off the printer is often a disappointment. If you’re working from a monitor that is displaying the wrong color, it’s impossible to make good design and editing decisions.
With softproofing, designers can create with actual specified colors (no more trial and error!), project owners can approve layouts without physical proofs (predictable color!), and printers know exactly what’s expected of them when they receive a job (no surprises!).
Today we’ll explain how to set up softproofing…
- Ensure your monitor can produce accurate colors,
- Calibrate to optimized settings,
- Create an ICC profile, and
- Convert the display so all of your applications are using the profile
…Plus share tips to help you get the most from your calibrated and profiled display.
We’ve all done it. Snapped a picture on a digital camera or smart phone, sent it to the computer, made a few adjustments, then sent it off to print…. only to be disappointed.
The sky looks green. Grandma’s hair is purple. The contrast is so far off you can’t even see that cute little puppy. Stupid camera.
The struggle is real for so many people, from hobbyist to professional photographers, graphic designers, and professional printers. Let’s look into this all-too-common mystery of the off-color print.