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AuthorSubject: ImagePrint -- can't soft-proof gray profiles -- how to compensate   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Leo Lubow
Posted on Sun May 16, 2004 12:16 PM

Hi --

I just purchased IP 5.6 (which means 6.0 is probably coming out tomorrow)-- strictly for B&W; -- and was greatly disappointed when I discovered that I couldn't use Photoshop CS to soft-proof Colorbyte's "gray profiles." I’m surprised that while most reviews praise the fine-tuned control (and lack of metamerism) that IP provides for B&W; printing, there is little or no mention of this rather large Achilles heel. In other words, unless I'm missing something, the control I have over my final B&W; print hinges on how well I've compensated for the inability to use soft-proof gray profiles in CS. Perhaps I'm being picky, or perhaps I'm not as competent as I should be with adjustment layers, but after spending several hours trying to create a good compensating adjustment layer for the Epson Matte 1440 gray profile, I'm still not satisfied.

The method I tried -- from Colorbyte -- is this: I brought an image into IP; performed the recommended settings for B&W; printed the image; compared the IP image to the CS image appearing on my calibrated monitor; created a “compensating” adjustment layer in CS to make the CS image look (as closely as possible) to the IP print; created another adjustment layer in CS to bring the image back to how I liked it; turned off the first “compensating” adjustment layer; saved the document; and brought up the document in IP. As I understand it, at that point, the IP image should look like image I saved in CS just prior to turning off the compensating adjustment layer. Well ... thus far ... it’s not quite there. The IP images have consistently less contrast. Again, this might be attributable to a lack of skill on my part, but for a product so focused on fine-tuning, the requirement of adding my own adjustment layer seems like employing a heavy hammer to an otherwise delicate machinery.

I wonder: is there a compensating method that relies not on the eye, but pure numbers? Or ... can someone recommend a more objective method of compensation?

Thanks --


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