Soft Proof / Paper White

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Raphael Bustin, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. What's the point of the "Paper White" checkbox?

    I mean, I know that it performs absolute colorimetric
    rendering, that it will make the image look duller
    (than if this box isn't checked) and that at least two
    pros (Andrew Rodney, Bruce Fraser) suggest
    "looking away" from the screen while the paper-
    white proof is generated.

    What I want to know is, how useful is this particular
    proofing option and what can or should I do about
    the image when I use this option?

    Ie., one's inclination (I would think) would be to
    fix up the image's brightness and contrast to
    counter the "dulling" of the image with this proofing
    option turned on. Maybe using a Curves adjustment
    with a moderate, classic S curve that's steep in the
    midtones.

    But is that really appropriate?

    I find when I do that, my prints end up a bit washed
    out. It's as if this proofing option is leading me to
    mis-adjust the image.

    Do other folks use "paper white" when proofing?

    And if so, do you try to brighten up the image or
    restore the contrast lost in this proofing view?


    rafe b.
    http://www.terrapinphoto.com
     
    Raphael Bustin, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. Raphael Bustin

    Greg Guest

    Raphael,
    In case you haven't seen it yet, there's a thread about soft proofing that
    was started fairly recently. See "What exactly does soft proofing do?" It's
    at least partially relevant to your questions.

    Greg.
     
    Greg, Feb 2, 2004
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