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One of the issues that a lot of photographers have is they see their image one way on the screen, and then it comes out differently when they print it on their inkjet printer. And that's a color management issue, and we could spend a lot of time talking about color management. But I am going to show you a tip right now that may save you some time and help you when you make prints out of Aperture, and is basically using proofing profiles. And these profiles are what your printer uses when it does its output, and so what we are going to do is that we're going to look at our image on our screen here, basically using the same profile that our printer is going to use to output it.
So, you can see right away that that might increase our odds of getting an image that looks more like what we see on our screen. Now the one thing I will tell you before I actually show you this is that your screen needs to be calibrated. The best way to do that is to use a colorimeter and actually calibrate your screen to standard screen calibration. And that's a good way to go. Now your Mac does have a built-in calibrator, so you can do it visually. That's an important part of the workflow, because if your screen is way out of whack, then even this technique is not going to help you very much.
But if your screen is calibrated, then this will really help. So here's what we are going to do. We're going to go up to View, and see down here at the very bottom we have Proofing Profiles and Onscreen Proofing. Now when I choose a proofing profile, I will automatically turn on Onscreen Proofing. So here we go. Right now we have an SRGB image, which is a way that it is normally captured in the camera. And if I was printing out to let's say an Epson printer, I would have loaded in here all sorts of ICC profiles for the different types of paper, specifically for my printer.
And if I knew I was going to print on one of those papers, then I could just choose that and then I would be viewing my image basically the same way that the printer is going to be printing it. Now I don't have any proofing profiles for an Epson printer loaded in here right now, but a color space that a lot of people use otherwise is Adobe RGB. It's a nice large color space, and it's good for printing. So we'll choose that. Now you'll notice down here in the gray we see Proofing Profile Adobe RGB.
Now as I'm looking at the image and I make some adjustments, I'm basically using the same color space that my printer will be thinking about as it outputs the image, and this can really increase your odds of having the picture come out of the printer closer to the way that it looks on the screen. So that's proofing profiles, and if you want to turn it off, you just go back to the View menu, click on that, and now you're back to your regular calibrated monitor view. Proofing profiles, it will increase your odds just a little bit, and maybe bring a smile to your face.
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