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AuthorSubject: CMYK Mystery Meat   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Stephen Kennedy
Posted on Mon Aug 4, 2003 3:07 PM

Here I am stuck in the real world as both photographer and client on the same project, my Blackbook ad. Last year I submitted output film and a chromalin from a prepress vendor and the ad looked great.

On Friday I found out that the book is now printed direct to plate and that my submission of output film and a chromalin was not welcome. I asked for and was given a "profile" of the printer's press in Italy. They told me to submit my layout digitally according to the specs on their website. The file that they claim to be a profile, seems not to be. It arrived via email without an .icc or .icm suffix and can't be recoginzed by Photoshop in either OSX or 9.1. I tried adding the suffix but that didn't work either.

Well the Blackbook specs are so ambiguous as to be a joke and it seems that they are in essence just "suggestions", since the printer will convert to their specs later. I was also told that contrary to the specs people submit "any old way".

http://www.blackbook.com/site_map/bbphoto2004specs.pdf

When I mentioned that the profile wasn't working, I was told to convert to Euroscale since it was being printed in Europe and that the printer would convert from there. By now it's my opinion that the production manager at the Blackbook has a limited knowledge of the entire process.

My question is should I submit in RGB and let the printer convert to their own profile, (if it exists)? This seems less desctructive than going from RGB to Euro CMYK then to printer's flavor of CMYK. I did a soft proof on my profiled monitor and the Euro CMYK looks fine. Am I making too much out of this by borrowing trouble? I just want the thing to look good.

Stephen Kennedy


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