Select the custom profile that you will be using to print with. For the profiles of our papers and printers, visit our ICC Profiles download page. These are constantly updated to ensure the most accurate profile available.
Once your profile is installed, simply select it from the profile drop down menu under Device to Simulate
There are a number of options in the dialog box. Never select “Preserve Color Numbers”. When it is selected, it will prevent the conversion of color spaces from occurring.
2. Choose a Rendering Intent
Rendering intents determine how the colors from the larger image color space will be remapped to the smaller color space of the printer. When printing photographic images, there are only two appropriate rendering intents that are appropriate: Relative Colorimetric and Perceptual.
The Perceptual rendering sacrifices color accuracy in order to preserve the similar relationship between colors. Relative Colorimetric rendering only changes the colors in the image that the printer cannot reproduce; those colors that are out of gamut. This can lead to unnatural looking transitions in color and tone when you have an image where there are lots of colors that your printer cannot reproduce.
American Frame uses the Relative Colorimetric rendering when printing photographic images on glossy papers such as Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper to preserve color accuracy. When printing to canvas and matte surface papers, the Perceptual intent is utilized. This is to ensure that detail in saturated colors outside of the printer’s color range won’t be lost. Recall that Perceptual sacrifices color accuracy for color relationships, so occasionally you may notice a very subtle color shift as a result of the colors being mapped to the smaller color range of the paper.
Here are some rules of thumb. Use “Relative Colorimetric” when printing to coated papers such as glossy, pearl, luster, and semi-gloss. This is because they have large color spaces so there is less chance of your image having colors that can’t be reproduced. When printing onto matte papers, use “Perceptual Colorimetric” as you are more likely going to experience problems with blocked up or out of gamut colors due to matte papers’ smaller color space. “Perceptual” is a better choice when printing a scene containing large areas of dark green. This is because those colors tend to be outside the color space of most printers which leads to large areas of muddy gray and green when the “Relative Colorimetric” rendering intent is utilized.
3. Select the Black Point Compensation option box
This remaps the darkest tone in your image to the darkest tone that your printer can reproduce.
4. Select the Preview box to begin viewing your soft proof and continue editing
When the Preview option box is selected, you will be viewing a soft proof of your image. Toggle it on and off to see how the soft proof defers from the image displayed using full range of color that your monitor can produce.
If you are printing to a glossy paper, and your image doesn’t contain many saturated colors, it is likely that you won’t see any difference at all. That’s great! It means the printer is capable of printing all the colors in your image.