Color management problem in CS 3: Printer profiles malfunctioning

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Robert Montgomery, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. In Photoshop CS 3, every time I preview my RGB files with a canvas
    printer profile active, some of the colors in Preview look extremely
    saturated, while the colors that were light in the file to be printed
    looking very pale, so the colors are way off.

    I tried different printer profiles and it looks this way with all of
    them: Breathing Color's matte canvas profile, Premier Art's matte canvas
    profile, and Epson's Premier Art Canvas profile.

    If I have my Printer Profile set to Adobe RGB 1998, or sRGBIEC61966-2.1,
    then the color in the Preview window looks fine – practically the same
    as the color of the image that appears in the image that shows in the
    initial File > Print window, and in that workflow, the files print with
    nice colors on my Epson 7600 and Epson 2400 printers.

    These garish and pale colors appear in Preview if I choose North America
    Prepess 2, or North America General Purpose as a color setting, so both
    are no good.

    It occurs if I have Perceptual chosen, and also if I choose Relative
    Colorometric, so both of those settings also give bad results.

    I always choose "Photoshop Handles Colors", Black Point Compensation is
    checked and then on the next set of options I choose "No Color Adjustment".

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 10, 2009
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  2. Thanks, Russel.

    I'm referring to Apple's Preview. When I got File > Print > Print > I then
    press the Preview button. After a minute or so, my screen fills with the
    preview image.

    I think I calibrated my screen well, because whatever I see in the Preview
    window, it looks basically the same way on paper on canvas. So if the
    Preview image looks bad, the printed print looks just the same, and
    when the screen images look good, the printed results are basically also
    good.

    In Photoshop, I have View > Proof Setup set to Working CMYK - U.S.
    Web Coated (SWOP v2.

    When I go View > Proof Colors there's no change in the appearance of
    the Photoshop images, whether or not the check mark is beside "Proof
    Colors".

    Also, I'm careful to choose the correct Media Type in Photoshop's Print
    Settings
    settings. For example, for Epson's Premium Matte Canvas, it's Watercolor
    Radiant White.

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 10, 2009
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  3. Thanks, Russell.

    I've been researching this and I have a somewhat better understanding of
    it now
    Thanks for the tip about Photoshop's proofing (in the View menu). I had
    forgotten about that.

    Do you know of any good online source of free training videos on ICC
    profiles
    and color mangement for Photoshop CS3? I've been searching on the Web, but i
    t's hit and miss ¡V mostly miss.

    These topics are incredibly complicated and overwhelming.

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 11, 2009
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  4. What's really confusing me now is that I was instructed to go Window >
    Arrange >
    New Window before soft proofing.

    This really complicates things, because now I've got two files to try to
    configure in
    File > Print.

    What are the settings for File > Print, when I've got those two windows
    open ¡V
    both the origianl fle and the proof fle?

    And why do some tutorials demo proofing with only the one window open?

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 11, 2009
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  5. That's what I thought, too. Opening another window is redundant and
    doesn't make sense. The Web page that recommended it is wrong.

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 11, 2009
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  6. Thanks, Mike

    Robert
     
    Robert Montgomery, Nov 12, 2009
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