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Old 07-21-2009, 11:02 AM
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Hi, Looking for comments or advises again... Thanks!!!

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Besides, can you share your experiments in doing color tests? What will you test usually... for print out? Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:14 PM
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Hi, Looking for comments or advises again... Thanks!!!

http://IreneLaw.deviantart.com/art/P...alie-130329061

Besides, can you share your experiments in doing color tests? What will you test usually... for print out? Thanks!
Hi Irene,

I think the skintone has too many different hues.

What do you mean by "Colour tests"?
I recommend to use a calibrated display (not the OS calibration thing but real calibration with soft- and hardware like from gretag, quatographic etc. - this equipment might be rent for a day for reasonable prices) and custom colour profiles for your printer/paper combination (costs maybe 30-50 dollars for each profile). For 60-100 USD you should be able to set up a colourmanaged workflow.
Without that all is trial and error. And will cost a lot too.
Of course you still will have to fine tune the picture for print.
The appearance of a print is still not the same as on a display.
This even more if you use special papers, like uncoated artist papers.

I am not shure if that is an answer to your question.

Sorry for my english ;-)
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:34 AM
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Hey Irene.

The importance of calibration is hard to overstate. I work on a calibrated monitor and I proof all my images on a calibrated printer. This way I can oversee the fact that my images adhere to the international standards. Also every proof we run here gets printed with a color bar on the bottom (Fogra39L mediawedge V3 if you're interested ) and for the prints that go to client we always check those with a calibrater as well. This way we know that even though we calibrated the printer, there were no in between changes.

Obviously for print and certain uses images will have to be converted to specific CMYK colorspaces, but then that is done by local agencies (think newsprint, that sort of thing).

Also don't forget if you're looking at a color test, look at it in neutral light. Neutral light has a temperature of 5000K. We have a big lightbox set up here, but there are cheap desktop models available. We have 2 of those we use for looking at products while retouching.

I don't really experiment with color tests. I know it works and I know that what you see is what you get as well. It's rather easy these days to get a good colorflow going in your own "studio".

Set your colorpreferences in the creative suite (can be done from Bridge to carry over into all programs of the CS), get a profile for your monitor (get a Spyder), get a paper profile for your printer and calibrate everything once a month. Randomly check your prints and see if they still adhere to the desired values.

It's all a bit fussy and takes some time to set up, but once it's up and running it's easy to maintain.

Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:41 PM
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Hi, Girlsfather & DJSoulglo, thanks so much for your detail and professional advise step by step. I have a clear picture in how to manage the colors and set up the workflow now. Thanks!!! ^u^...

Besides, about the paper profile, is it something like the monitor profile that i've to set it up myself with a program(software & hardware)? or is there a global standard that is available to buy somewhere?
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:29 AM
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It differs per monitor. We have 3 the same screens in the room where I am now. If I run the same profile on all 3 monitors, the colors are slightly different. Just set it up yourself.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:40 PM
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Thanks, DJSoulglo...
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