Soft Proofing Basics

If you’re committed to getting your print output to match your screen as closely as possible, you’ll want to become familiar with Photoshop’s soft proofing feature, officially labeled Proof Setup. In this video tutorial I walk you through the basics of soft proofing and show you some of its benefits.

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2 Comments on “Soft Proofing Basics”

  1. Seth Says:

    Hi,
    I’ve enjoyed your book Mastering Digital Black and white and just watched your video on soft proofing. I have read a similar description of the process and believe I understand the process, but I believe I must be missing some basic point. Say for example I’m editing my photograph and I know from the start that I’m going to print on Epson Enhanced Matte for example…why would I wait until the end of the process to do a soft proof and then have to make modifications to the color, contrast etc. Why not just turn on soft proofing from the outset and then I would see what my end results would be as the editing process unfolds? It would seem that would be more accurate than trying to make tweaking adjustments at the end. Does that make sense, Thanks much and thanks for writing a much needed book. best wishes, Seth

    • amadou Says:

      Why not set it to Epson Enhanced Matte from the beginning? Because one day you may decide to use another paper and your image will have been altered specifically for the Epson Enhanced Matte. Different papers will require drastically different edits. Start with a file that looks good onscreen. Then dupe it and make a separate softproof adjustment for each and every paper you wish to use, now and in the future.


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