Profile My Photos

Soft proofing your digital images allows you to simulate how an image will appear once printed.  Modern computer monitors work in a larger color space than most printers can reproduce.  By soft proofing with a output device profile, you can simulate how your image will be printed working within the printers color space.  In order to accurately soft proof your photos and adjust your images for output, you will need:

·         Color Managed Software: Most often used is Photoshop (outlined further) although other software applications can be used.

·         Color Calibrated Monitor

·         The Printer Profile.  This is unique to the photo size you choose to print.

How to install a custom profile:

Step 1: Right click the required link below and click “Save As”

Small Format (4x6, 5x5, 5x7, 8x8, 8x10, 8x12)

Download: SmallFormat.icc

 

Medium Format (11x14, 12x18)

Download: MediumFormat.icc

 

Large Format- (16x20, 20x30)

Download: LargeFormat.icc

 

Step 2: Save the file in a designated folder (My Documents for example)

Step 3: In the saved location, Right Click the recently saved profile, left click “Install Profile”

*Repeat each step if installing multiple device profiles

 

How to Soft Proof with a Custom Profile:

The following instructions should be on a calibrated monitor, and reference Adobe Photoshop CS6, although applicable to earlier versions and creative cloud users.

 

The below steps outline how to view your digital images on screen to simulate how they will appear once printed. 

1.       Open the desired image

2.       Within the menu of photoshop click:

a.       View

b.      Proof Set Up

c.       Custom

This will open the below window

 

3.       Under “Device to Simulate” Select the profile you would like to view your image with.

a.       Unselect “Preserve RGB Numbers”

b.      Check “Black Point compensation”

c.       Rendering intent: Choose “Perceptual”

 

Tips:

To toggle back and forth between your work space profile vs. output profile, within photoshop press CTRL+Y.

Profiles can be used with any offered photo surface option (Glossy or Lustre).

To view image area which is outside the gamut of the output devices profile, click Shift+CTRL+Y.  This will highlight out of gamut areas in gray.