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    Default Digital workflow.

    Hi,

    I was wondering what do you guys do after you shoot on your Digital Still Camera.

    What I did was :-
    1. I shoot RAW.
    2. Photoshop for Colour and Exposure.
    3. Burn to CD.
    4. Sent to Kodak for printing.

    What I can't figure is I cannot get consistent result from the Foto Printer and calibrating my LCD monitor does not help much.

    Anyway this what I did:-

    1. develop about 50 shots. (ask the printer not to adjust anything).
    2. adjust my monitor gamma to match the shot (average).
    3. Photoshop

    But the second batch that I develop after Photoshop in the new monitor gamma still don't work too well. It's got a yellow cast and skin tones are way off.

    Can I presume thst I can never get consistent result from Photo Printer ??
    Or is there in thing wrong with my methodology ??

    So the next thing to confirm is to wait afew days and send the same photo for developing and look for inconsistency?

    Anybody got a better way to do this please share.

    TIA

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    1. buy profileprism from mike chaney www.ddisoftware.com
    2. send the tiff target to kodak for printing
    3. scan the returned print
    4. use the software to profile the printer based on the scanned print.
    5. lend software to the rest of clubsnap so that we can profile as well

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    Originally posted by erwinx
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    5. lend software to the rest of clubsnap so that we can profile as well
    Can I be the first?

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    buy another software to profile the scanner first..

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    Do not "reverse calibrate" your monitor! Your monitor should be showing accurate colours via eye-calibration or a Spyder-type device, and should not be "compensated" for any printer variances in colour.

    In any case, you won't get a 100% perfect match as your monitor EMITS light while the print REFLECTS light. And you will find that the prints look different in different places as well.

    I usually don't bother too much, as long as it looks good enough. If you still can't get consistently good results, switch lab. Don't bother about those cheap cheap labs.

    Regards
    CK

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