Soft-Proofing in Photoshop

Even if you have all of pieces of the colour management puzzle in place, you may still find that your monitor does not match your proof or press sheet. The solution to your problem is hidden in Photoshop’s menu options. This option is called Proof Setup. The advantage of using Proof Setup is that you … Read more →

Submitting Digital Files for Reproduction

Subsequently, I vowed never to assume anything and to ask as many questions as needed, to ensure I could, with the best of my ability, predict the outcome. File types: The decision to submit RGB or CMYK must be seriously considered. If you are new to digital capture then I recommend submitting RGB, with an … Read more →

SOS to all Involved in Graphics, Printing and Prepress

Our industry is changing and those responsible for file preparation, colour correction and colour space conversions are often not the printer or the scanner operator but the graphic designer and digital photographer. Art directors, clients, prepress and printers are all frustrated due to the excess array of colour spaces, file formats, levels of sharpening, various … Read more →

Digital Imaging Continues to Change

Today, a handful of digital photographers are feeling they are losing control over their images when they supply RGB files. Their concern is that someone may inadvertently convert their images using incorrect profiles and /or not honour their embedded colour profiles when opening and converting their files. Personally, if I were sending files to be … Read more →

Review of MonacoOPTIX XR PRO

Recommendation: My recommendation, based on extensive field-testing, is the MonacoOPTIX XR Pro. I have compared this product to Gretagmacbeth’s Eyeone display and Eyeone PM, to the aging ColorVison OptiCAL and Spyder combo, to Integrated Color’s BasICColor Display and the LaCie Blue-eye system. The other systems all have their merits but only the Monaco product has … Read more →

Photoshop CS (8) Tips and Tricks

Interpolation: Photoshop CS offers two new interpolation algorithms for resizing images. Both are derived from the bicubic interpolation, but focus on keeping the image sharper or smoother. Typically, Bicubic Smoother works better on images you need to enlarge and removes the need for intermediate interpolation, while Bicubic Sharper is better for down sampling images when … Read more →

Converting RGB to CMYK

Step 1: Your Colour Settings How to properly configure your Color Settings in Photoshop Open Photoshop Version 6 or higher. Select Color Settings and select the preset “U.S. Prepress Defaults” If the majority of your printing is on a sheetfed press, then change the CMYK Working Space to “U.S. Sheetfed Coated V2”. Be sure to … Read more →

Digital Proofing on a Shoestring

The Epson 4000 is a large desktop printer which incorporates four paper feed options: a high-capacity (150 sheet) paper tray capable of handling cut-sheet media up to 17"x 22", a 17” x 100′ roll and two manual feed options. The ink system is an all-new 8-Channel Print Head Technology capable of handling eight separate ink … Read more →

Better Consistency with Spot Colours

The image below illustrates what happens to the colours if you pick the same Pantone number from the same Pantone libraries. Everyone knows it’s difficult to match a Pantone colour using a CMYK build, but sometimes you have no choice. So what I recommend is, use “Pantone solid coated” in Illustrator and “Pantone solid to … Read more →

Is it Time For an LCD Monitor?

First, let’s bring to an end the rumor that has kept many experts from recommending LCD monitors: the gamut of a LCD monitor is too small for accurate prepress work. This was true with the earlier version of the Cinema Display but the newest 20” Cinema display’s gamut is only a few percent smaller than … Read more →

Colour Management Setup 101

With so many advantages, why do so many print shops and designers turn off colour management in Photoshop and Illustrator? I believe it is fear of change; fear that colour management may incorrectly modify the data and fear of not completely understanding what colour management is doing. So let’s begin with the basics. A solid … Read more →

Debunking Colour Management Myths

When Photoshop introduced colour management in version 5.0, they made a quantum leap in colour management. I was not initially sold on colour management in the early versions, but that was then. Today, implementing colour management is a much better way to accurately view and convert images. But not everyone shares this view. There are … Read more →