Introduction to Soft Proofing
The first step is to learn more about the usefulness of soft proofing through a few examples. Let's explore how soft proofing is used in several programs and how it can assist you. You will see why this is such an important topic to learn.
Finding or Creating a Monitor Profile
In this lesson we will show you how you can find a monitor profile or create one for use in soft proofing.
Using the Monitor Profile in Software
Now that you have a monitor profile, lets use it in several software programs, FlexiSIGN, Photoshop and see how it is useful.
Now that you understand soft proofing, what's next? We will explain in detail.
Final examination for lessons on soft proofing using Adobe Photoshop or FlexiSIGN & Print
What is Soft Proofing?
Understanding Soft Proofing
You probably are taking this course because you are not getting the output from your printer to match what you see on your computer monitor. Soft proofing is the ability to change the colors on your monitor so that they closely approximate the color output of your printer. How accurate will this be? Well, that will depend on how far you want to go in investing time and money into this process.
Don’t worry the amount invested is not overwhelming and the devices used in creating a custom monitor profile are pretty easy to use.
Soft proofing has been around for many years, but few seem to use it properly. Soft proofing involves using an ICC profile for the monitor to adjust it and take care of “errors” in the monitor, such as too much blue or brightness and contrast not adjusted properly. After your monitor is adjusted properly, then soft proofing uses a paper/ink/printer combination ( media ICC profile) to simulate what will occur when printing.
Simply put, it’s a way to preview what is going to happen on your printer.
Soft Proof Example
Take a look at the example below. On the left is a green square, but when you print this without using proper color management it turns a bit darker. Soft proofing can show you that BEFORE you print it thus soft proofing can also save you time and material. In addition, you can use soft proofing to make various adjustments to your artwork until you “see” what you want and then print it.
We will show you in this course how to use soft proofing along with color management to adjust the output to your printer to get a closer match to the green box or any other image you wish to print. We will also learn about some of the complications from using spot colors, as well as bitmaps and how to account for them.
Some questions we will answer along the way will be:
- Where can we find monitor profiles or how do we make them?
- How can we adjust the output of images so they print what we want on our printer?
- How can we match Pantone and other branded colors?
- What adjustments other than soft proofing can we make to get better color matching?