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Chapter 5. Optimizing Grayscale Images > Setting Up Your Images for Final Outpu...

Setting Up Your Images for Final Output

If your images are going to be printed on a commercial printing press, chances are that they will end up looking a lot darker than they did when you viewed them onscreen. This is known as dot gain. Fortunately, Photoshop allows you to compensate for it. You can tell Photoshop ahead of time how you intend to output your images, and it will adjust the onscreen appearance of your image to look as dark as it should be after it's printed.

To select or enter dot-gain settings, choose Edit > Color Settings (Photoshop > Color Settings in CS on a Mac). In the Working Spaces area, you'll use the Gray pop-up menu (Figure 5.25). You'll definitely want to ask your printing company about what settings to use; otherwise, you'll just be guessing and you might not like your end result. But just in case you're working at midnight or don't have time to ask your printing company, you can use the settings that appear in Table 5.1. Once you've specified the Dot Gain setting that is appropriate for your printing conditions, choose Image > Mode > Assign Profile, and select the Working Gray setting. That will set up Photoshop to properly preview what your image will look like under those printing conditions.


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