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At 03:01 PM 2/5/00 -0800, David Stock wrote: >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?) <much snippage of a great post...> Ahhh, I sure do sympathize, David! My only experience with a printer-profiling package is with Wiziwyg. What I found is that it produced very consistent results across quite a few paper/ink combinations. Consistently not to my liking, that is. So then, what to do? For a short while, I made some tweaks to my images (not to the legacy files, fortunately) to get them to print right via Wiziwyg. And then I thought -- this isn't right -- I shouldn't have to do this... So I've given up on Wizi, at least for the time being. The folks at Praxisoft have been of no use whatsoever. Version 1.04 was supposed to "cure" my problem, but it didn't. I'm now convinced that if you are going to use ICC output profiles, you must also have a decent profile editor. I hear good things about Matchlock, but it's not available for Wintel machines yet. Supposedly, the latest version of Monaco EZ-Color is pretty good, too. I also see some wisdom in the claims of Mssrs. Tobie and Culbertson, that the best way to do ones' output (particularly if using profiles) is through a CMYK RIP. Again, more escalation in the tools... and for those of us using the "non-professional" Epsons (eg., 1160, 1200, 750, etc.) the choices among such RIPs is slim-to-nil. Ironically, my best work, and most consistent results, have been with Photoshop 4, without profiles or "color management" of any sort. I simply don't rely on my monitor to predict the colors in my Epson prints. rafe b. - 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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