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    Default soft and hard proofing? what's that?

    i have calibrated my monitor, i have profile of my printer (for patricular phoot paper). Now can any one provide me the workflow in photoshop CS so that I can print images base on what i see on the monitor? what is exactly soft proofing and hard proofing in simple term? very difficult to understand. help appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbeng
    i have calibrated my monitor, i have profile of my printer (for patricular phoot paper). Now can any one provide me the workflow in photoshop CS so that I can print images base on what i see on the monitor? what is exactly soft proofing and hard proofing in simple term? very difficult to understand. help appreciated.
    softproofing in PS is to use a good/calibrated printer profile (with the appropraite media/paper) to simulate the print result. So that what you print can be very close (not 100%) to the image projected from the monitor.

    My steps are as follow (it works for me but you may have a few follow up replies that will suggest otherwise):

    In PS open the image that you want to print > View > Proof Setup > Custom > Profile (from the drop-down select the profile you have) > Intent > Perceptual > select Use Black Point Compensation > OK

    This is the simulated image of what it will look like when printed. You can further tweak the image before you hit the print with preview.

    File > Print With Preview > select the Show More Options > Color Management > Source Space > Select Document > Print Space > from the drop-down select your printer profile > Print

    In your printer setup chose - No Color Management ( the color management is already done in PS) Select the appropraite media/paper and selct the correct dpi (1440 or 2880) > Print.

    You may not get 100% but it should be close enough result.

    When it is printed you can hardproof it with the image of the monitor.
    Some will allow the print to sit for 24 hrs before they compare.

    I leave the technical explanations to the expert. Hope this help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopel
    In PS open the image that you want to print > View > Proof Setup > Custom > Profile (from the drop-down select the profile you have) > Intent > Perceptual > select Use Black Point Compensation > OK
    at this stage: there are other options that i am not sure of
    1) profile: my printer profile [is that correct]
    2) preserve color numbers [check or not?]
    3) simulate: paper white and ink black [check or not?]

    please advise

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    Profile refers to the profile of your image destination. In this case its your printer profile.

    Checking "preserve colour numbers" shows what would happen if you sent the image directly to the output device without colour managment. In your case, it should be left unchecked.

    Simulate paper white and ink black, generally as I work with high contrast photo papers, I'd just leave them unchecked. If you are working with matt papers, checking them might give a better simulation.

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    i am using a canon 8500 printer

    the options for color correction in my printer software is as follow

    1) auto
    2) manual

    how do i switch off the color management? both of them seems to have adjustment to me

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    sorry me use epson 2100.

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