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The outline below will show you how to use ProDPI's Soft Proofing Profiles for Calibrated Monitors. These profiles will give you an on screen preview of how our Photographic papers will reproduce the colors in your files.
NOTE: The ICC Soft Proofing Profiles will only be of use if your monitor is calibrated to ProDPI Specifications! Under no circumstances should you embed these profiles on top of your files. Turn the ICC Proofing Profiles OFF before saving!
Step 1: Open Photoshop and the Image you'd like to Proof
After following the ICC installation instructions, relaunch Photoshop and open the image you would like to proof.
1) Click View.
2) Hover over Proof Setup.
3) Click Custom.
Step 2: Customize Proof Condition
1) Click the drop down for Device to Simulate.
2) Select the appropriate paper type you will be using.
Your settings should be:
1) Custom Proof Condition: Custom.
2) Device to Simulate: (ProDPI Paper type).
3) Preserve RGB Numbers: Unchecked.
4) Rendering Intent: Relative Colormetric.
5) Black Point Compensation: Checked.
6) Display Options: Both Unchecked.
Now click OK.
Step 3: Soft Proofing
It may be hard to tell the difference when switching the profiles on and off. If you do not see a difference this means that all of the colors in your image are printable 100% on this paper type.
If you do see a change this means that the profile is giving you a proof of how your colors will actually print.
STOP: Turn the ICC Proofing Profiles OFF before saving! Do not embed these profiles on top of your files.
Step 4: Check for Gamut Warnings (Optional)
With the profile ON
1) Click View.
2) Click Gamut Warning.
Above Example: image with colors that are out of gamut.
Any areas that turn Gray when the Gamut Warning is turned ON are colors that this particular paper may not be able to reproduce 100%. This does NOT mean your file will print with Gray, if you decide to proceed as is our printers do a great job of picking the next closest printable color to the true color in your file. However, this really depends on how out of gamut the color is. If you're concerned with this you can:
1) Create more printable colors by decreasing your overall saturation with the gamut warning on until the gray disappears.
2) Create more printable colors by decreasing the saturation in only these specific (gray) areas.
When you're finished please be sure to turn the soft proofing profiles off.