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Correcting a soft-proof copy

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Video: Correcting a soft-proof copy

Alright, well now that we have a good working understanding of rendering intent, let's take a look at how we can use the soft proofing view in order to evaluate and correct our photographs. One of the things that you'll want to do is create what's called a proof copy. You can do that by clicking on this Create Proof Copy button here. This will create a virtual copy. You can see it down bellow in the film strip and this is a virtual copy which is intended to be printed from. This is the one with the soft proof profile turned on. Next we want to choose a rendering intent.

Correcting a soft-proof copy

Alright, well now that we have a good working understanding of rendering intent, let's take a look at how we can use the soft proofing view in order to evaluate and correct our photographs. One of the things that you'll want to do is create what's called a proof copy. You can do that by clicking on this Create Proof Copy button here. This will create a virtual copy. You can see it down bellow in the film strip and this is a virtual copy which is intended to be printed from. This is the one with the soft proof profile turned on. Next we want to choose a rendering intent.

This will give us 2 different looks. Do we want to preserve the color relationship, or do we want to just clip the colors which are out of gamut, and bring those down, push those down to in gamut colors? Here, with this image, I think it would be nice to preserve the relationship, so I'll choose perceptual. Next, we need to determine a profile. In order to choose a profile, I'm going to turn on my Clip-in Indicator. This showing me the colors which are out of gamet with this printer and this paper type. In this case, velvet fine art paper. because this image is so much about saturation, I may want to choose a paper type, say like premium luster.

We'll see that there are less colors which are out of gamut, creates a little bit more of a vibrant picture. I like that. I'm going to choose that profile. Next, we need to make some adjustments to get those colors in gamut. We may be thinking, well what about going to our saturation slider and dragging this down? When we do that, yes, we correct the out of gamut colors but the image just looks strange. That won't work. What we could do instead of that is we could get into these specific areas a few different ways.

One technique that you could use is to scroll down to your HSL controls. Here in the HSL panel, you have Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. If you go to Saturation, and click on the targeted adjustment tool, you can then hover over the color which is a problem area and click and drag down. As you do that, you'll notice that this red clipping or out of gamut warning indicator, it disappears, it gets smaller. I'll do the same thing with the hair. I'll click and drag down. Now, as you work with color, you may not be able to remove all of the gamut warning.

If you go so far that it's all gone or perhaps the hair just looks a little too lifeless, in situations like that maybe you're going to have a little bit of clipping there. And that clipping is going to be dealt with with your rendering intent. In other words, it's shifting all the colors so that they have that color relationship here. Well in a situation like this where the clipping is now small, perhaps the relative rendering intent would work well here because it's just hitting upon these brighter or more saturated color areas. And again, you can see the visual difference as you choose on those options. Here I think still perceptual, well I think that looks best. Well now that we have this proof, what is interesting is that we're ready to print this file, we're ready to exit the soft proofing view. In order to do that, I'll click done here, I'm done with this tool. And I'm going to click off this option for soft proofing. So here's our image, it doesn't look that much different. Yet this image has been adjusted and what we did is we basically saw this soft proof view we made the needed adjustments in that view we made adjustments here we also may have made adjustments other panels like the basic panel and this image is now in a really good spot.

Well let's compare these two pictures. We'll click on one, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows, then click on another. Next what I want to do is go to the library module and in the library module I'm going to click on the survey mode. In survey here it allows us to view these images side by side. Well as I see these pictures side-by-side what we can see is that yes this one has more color saturation in the hair. It is definitely more orange than this picture over here. And yes, the green is brighter in this picture, yet for the most part it still has that same look and feel. It still has those nice tones and colors and expression. And by going through all of that process really what we've done is we have successfully modified this image not so that it looks good to our eye and this is the trick right but so that it's going to look good in the final print. Because what you can see with your eyes on your monitor well it far exceeds that which is reproducible with you printer.

So sometimes we kind of have to make these changes. We have to go against our best intuition and say, while this doesn't look as good, this image is going to print better. It's going to look stronger in the long run.

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Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft-proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft-proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft-proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 29m 26s
    1. Creating collections for your book project
      7m 11s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 23s
    3. Using Auto Layout and viewing tips
      3m 3s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      4m 38s
    5. Customizing the page layout
      5m 8s
    6. Saving favorite page layouts
      1m 46s
    7. Adding page numbers
      3m 17s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Viewing the guides
      4m 25s
    2. Changing the image size with the cell controls
      2m 51s
    3. Saving custom page layouts
      1m 50s
    4. Changing individual images and the page sequence
      3m 34s
    5. Swapping image position
      1m 35s
    6. Changing the page spread sequence
      54s
    7. Changing image zoom on multiple images
      2m 41s
    8. Changing the background
      6m 15s
    9. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    10. Saving your book layout
      2m 50s
  9. 8m 58s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 20s
    2. Including the custom layout in your project
      4m 38s
  10. 7m 57s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 50s
    2. Applying global adjustments to all your photographs
      4m 7s
  11. 19m 33s
    1. Adding captions
      5m 50s
    2. Customizing type: Part one
      8m 6s
    3. Customizing type: Part two
      3m 21s
    4. Using and creating type presets
      2m 16s
  12. 19m 42s
    1. Changing the layout
      4m 11s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a title for your book
      5m 59s
    3. Adding another text field to your cover
      5m 46s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout template
      3m 46s
  13. 13m 48s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      3m 37s
    2. Reviewing the layout
      5m 44s
    3. Duplicating the book design
      4m 27s
  14. 3m 57s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      52s
    2. Exporting and ordering books from Blurb
      3m 5s
  15. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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