If your nal intent is to produce a print, the next steps will either be extremely dicult or lead to a satisfying and predictable result. We hope that this document nudges you toward the latter outcome.
e marketing-driven view of color management is that its goal is obtaining a color that is WYSIWYG
(what you see is what you get). e truth of the matter is that no printing technology can repro- duce the bright, saturated colors your monitor can display. (ough it’s equally true that print can reproduce colors that your monitor can’t display, such as metallics and uorescents, and more importantly, dark saturated colors, particularly in the yellows, oranges, greens, and cyans.)
Photoshop has the incredibly useful capability to use a printer prole and alter the display to accurately represent what your nal print will look like (usually referred to as so proong). To use this capability, choose View > Proof Setup. When you so proof, you choose the exact printer prole, the rendering intent for the conversion, and the way you want Photoshop to display the so proof. You can also turn the preview on and o to toggle between the original image and the simulated print.
e Customize Proof Condition dialog box
is deceptively simple dialog box contains a lot of power, so it’s worth taking the time to under-
stand what each setting actually does.
e Proof Condition options let you choose the prole for the print process you want to simulate,
which may be a prole from a photo printer on your computer to a printing press on the other side of the planet.
Choose your printer prole from the Device To Simulate menu.
e Preserve Color Numbers option is available only when both the image and the selected
printer prole share the same color mode—for example, an RGB image and an RGB printer prole or a CMYK image and a CMYK printer prole. is option shows you the outcome if you send the image with no conversion to the printer that has the prole you selected. As such, it provides a dramatic illustration of how badly you need color management, but otherwise has little practical use for most photographers.
A Color Managed Raw Workflow From Camera to Print