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After we've spent some time in the Develop module processing our photograph, let's say that we're ready to send this image to the Print module, so that we can create a print of this picture. Yet let's say that we want to have a version of our image, so that we can view this onscreen, perhaps on a mobile device, or a tablet. Well, before we send this to the Print module to create the print, what we will want to do is to view a soft proof preview. To enable the soft proof preview, press the S key.
In doing that, you can see that the Proof preview is now on. It's also showing me a gamut warning indicator. We can toggle that gamut warning indicator on and off by pressing Shift+S. Here you can see the Proof preview without that gamut warning. Press Shift+S again, and now you can see the gamut warning. In other words, this is showing me that I have some problems in my photograph. This yellow color, it's too bright, and it's too saturated, so it won't print very well.
You also may notice that it changed the background color here. If we right-click or Control+Click on that, we can see that it's selecting this paper white based on our preview for our printer and paper type that we've defined in the Print module. Here we could select something different, like a gray background, or we can use this one, which will simulate how this image might appear if it were printed on this particular printer, with this paper type. Well now that I've seen this print preview, I've realized that I need to make some changes to this photograph.
I need to make some corrections, and I want to correct another version of this image. Well, to do that, we will jump straight to the HSL panel, and here we'll go to the Luminance tab. Then grab the Targeted Adjustment tool, and we'll click to the drag an adjustment. As we do that, a dialog will open up, and the dialog will say, hey, do you want to create a virtual copy for soft proofing? Definitely, because this will allow us to save the previous settings, so we could use that image, say, on a tablet, or mobile device, or to view it on a screen, or monitor, and then we could have a virtual copy, or another version that we will print from.
So here we'll go ahead and Create Proof Copy. Next, we can further modify this area by clicking and dragging this down. Next, I'll go to my Saturation controls with the Targeted Adjustment tool. I'll hover over those areas, and I'll just desaturate that a little bit, and I can bring that down, so I have less of an area where I have problems. In doing that, we're correcting this image, so that it will look better in the final print. We could also go to the Basic panel here, and I could desaturate this a little bit. By desaturating the overall image, you can see how that helped to correct this part of the photograph.
Now a proof preview is just that; it's trying to simulate how this image might be able to be printed with a specific printer and paper type, and this perspective can help us to make any needed corrections, so that our prints look their best. Well let's reiterate the shortcuts for soft proofing. Press the S Key to toggle the soft proof preview on and off. Press Shift+S key in order to toggle the gamut warning indicator on or off.
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