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My adventures in color management with my Epson 3000 have gotten me about 75% of the way there, so far. This is useful, but hardly amazing, considering all the time and money involved. As things stand, I still have to make a lot of hard proofs, still have to jump through hoops in Photoshop to get satisfactory output quality. Despite multiple misgivings, I am considering taking the plunge once again with Matchlock software, in the hopes of actually automating my color work flow and eliminating all the trial and error. Right now I have EZColor software, some EZColor profiles, and some Cone profiles. The question is what modules of the Horses software might help me most. My confusion, I believe, comes from not understanding the relationship between profiles, profile editors, and RGB previewing. Several hundred dollars and many, many, many hours ago, I naively thought that a really good printer profile and a calibrated monitor would provide a perfect link between an RGB file, the monitor and the Epson print. After all, isn't that what device independence was supposed to mean? Now, sadder but wiser, I am learning that even the best printer profile won't result in my printer actually printing its closest possible rendition of what I see on the screen. For that, I apparently need to a.) preview what it WILL look like, using a special plug-in, then b.) make further adjustments in Photoshop which CHANGE THE IMAGE DATA to fit the printer's gamut. Hmmm. Plus, I will apparently need to edit the profile (after buying additional software), since I use non-standard paper and inks. (Lysonic E/Waterford.) Especially if I want hue control to get decent blues and cyans. Hmmmm again. Putting aside the daydream of true device independence and pristine image data, what do I really need now to have accurate soft proofing and maximum utilization of the capacities of my printer/ink/paper? Doctor III to edit my existing profiles? (And "preview"/edit my files?) Doctor III and Profiler I (so that I can get better profiles to begin with AND preview/edit what is already supposed to be color managed? Profiler III and Doctor I? Whatever option I pick, is this software really that good? Or will spending a lot of money and time only gain me another 5%, and force me to continue using trial and error for critical work? (Not to mention making me re-edit my existing files?) Thanks for any advice about software, and for any enlightenment about the relationship between profiles, previews and editors. --David - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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