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Chapter 7. Color Management > Simulating a Printing Press Onscreen

Simulating a Printing Press Onscreen

I often create images that will end up being reproduced on a commercial printing press. Sometimes it's for a brochure and other times it's for a magazine article, but whatever it is for, I want to see what the printed result will look like onscreen in Photoshop. To accomplish that, I usually choose View > Proof Setup > Working CMYK. That should do two things: It will go to the Color Settings dialog box to see what type of printing conditions will be used (we talked about that earlier in this chapter) and it turns on the View > Proof Colors setting. With Proof Colors turned on, Photoshop will attempt to simulate what your image will look like when it's printed on a commercial printing press. I use this setting anytime I'm making an adjustment to the saturation of the image because the range of colors that can be reproduced on a printing press (known as its gamut) is much smaller than what you can see onscreen. Deep blues and vivid colors can shift wildly. That happens because those colors simply can't be reproduced using the CMYK inks that are used in commercial printing. To stop this simulation, turn off the Proof Colors setting from the View menu.


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