How to Soft Proof an Image in Photoshop

How to soft proof an image in PhotoshopSoft proofing an image in Photoshop is an important step that should be taken prior to printing. When using a properly calibrated monitor, soft proofing an image can give you a better idea of how an image will look when it is printed with specific Photoshop color settings like a rendering intent or an ICC profile.

After soft proofing, you can even go back and adjust an image based on the way that it is going to print, essentially optimizing the file for output. The end result is that what you see on your monitor through a soft proof is what you should get in the final print. This should help to reduce the ink and media waste that can result from printing multiple color tests.

The video also discusses choosing rendering intents. To find out more detailed information about rendering intents and how to choose the right one, click here. Then, click on the video below to find out how to soft proof an image in Photoshop…

How to Find the Right Rendering Intent

Many people who print see the Rendering Intent option and are not exactly sure what it is and how it works. They usually select a Rendering Intent option a friend or colleague tells them to use and then think nothing more of it. It turns out that this selection can have a huge effect on how your image appears, and should therefore be understood fully.

Rendering Intents are mathematical rules on how to deal with out-of-gamut colors when moving from one color space to another. In other words, chances are that when you print an image there will be colors that your camera captured that are impossible for your printer to reproduce.

The printer driver can’t just delete the sections of the images it can’t reproduce or you would get images with large sections of nothing. Therefore, the driver changes those out-of-gamut colors to colors it can actually hit. The method it uses to do this is a Rendering Intent.

Rendering Intents in Photoshop CS3.

You may or may not have noticed that every time you hit print, there’s a Rendering Intent option. You can see it in the Photoshop CS3 print window (see the accompanying image sample). If you open up that drop-down menu you will see there are four options…