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Chapter 2. The Critically Important Colo... > Soft-Proofing, or Seeing Onscreen Wh...

Soft-Proofing, or Seeing Onscreen What an Image Will Look Like When It's Printed

Because Adobe's soft-proofing feature is driven by ICC profiles, it is a very good idea to collect ICC profiles for every device you use in your work and for every output device your work will be sent to. Getting your local commercial printers to give you an ICC profile for their press, let alone for their press using the exact paper and ink you want to use, is next to impossible. What is possible is to get ICC profiles for traditional hard-proofing materials, such as Matchprints. Most printers will set up their presses to produce results that match the color of an agreed-upon hard-proof. What is also possible is to obtain the ICC profiles of the wonderful new inkjet printers that many folks are using for short-run printing.

Additionally, you already may have noticed that Adobe and your operating system have gifted you with generic ICC profiles for many proofing devices and conditions, as well as default ICC profiles for standard press conditions. Generic ICC profiles are never as precise as custom-made ICC profiles, which is why we showed you how to create a custom ICC profile for your monitor instead of using the default one. But using generic profiles with a CMS is better than not using any CMS at all. So hop on the Web, go to the manufacturers of the equipment you and your customers use, and download the profiles for the devices. It is worth your while to collect ICC profiles for some of the more popular inkjet printers made by Epson, HP, and others. If you don't own one of these printers now, you really should put it on your wish list. Install the profiles, and then move on to the next example.


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