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Before we dive head first into the wonderful world of printing, what I want to do is just step back for a moment and I want to step all the way back to our conservation about color management. Here we have these images, which represented typical photographic workflow from capture over here on the left all the way to output over here on the right. Now one of the things that we talked about in regards to color management is that color management is all about clarifying the communication across multiple devices. So far we have talked about creating profiles for our monitor. Now that's really important, because on our monitor, the color is created via light. That color and those tones have to be translated into a different color space because the color on a printer is created via ink. All right, well what we need to do in order to tighten up our overall color management workflow is begin to create some test prints.
Now you have done this before right. You print an image out, you are like wow! It is way too blue. So you add a little bit of yellow. Well then you kind of have to do this back and forth thing until you get the print just right. Wouldn't it be nice if we are able to create some test prints that had a little bit more logic built into them, so that then ultimately we could begin to create profiles, so that we would know exactly how our particular image will be printed on a particular printer and a particular paper type? Now that's important because I tend to like to think of it this way: your printer and your paper have a mood. It may be a little bit moody. One day there is some moisture in the air, where your image is going to print a little bit differently or in another day, let's say, there is a little bit of a blockage in your ink cartridge. Well, a little bit less ink is going to come out and for that reason, what we want to do is to begin to create some test prints as well as some profiles which will help to clarify the communication from our monitor to our printer. So we have our profile for our monitor, we have some test prints, some profiles for our printers and in that case, we can speed up our overall workflow and ultimately, all of this work that we are going to putting into this process is going to lead to creating more stunning and compelling final prints.
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