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Correct colour profile for print ready photoshop files

Community Beginner ,
Mar 07, 2023 Mar 07, 2023

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Hi All,
I'm working within the print space after 16 years of only designing websites, need some help/advice with preparing photoshop files for print, the color profile specifically.
I've set the images up to 300 dpi but am unsure which color profile to use. The customer is unsure of what/which printer she will be using.

Do I update the settings in the attached screenshot?
Screenshot 2023-03-08 at 8.26.35 am.png
Any advice would be highly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Mar 07, 2023 Mar 07, 2023

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quoteThe customer is unsure of what/which printer she will be using.

By @Gee Aar

 

Not much to do until you know. Not which printer, but what printing process.

 

The working spaces in color settings aren't important. What matters is the embedded profile in the file - it will override the  working space.

 

For now, keep the master file as RGB, in whatever color space it already is. Don't do anything. If it's to be printed on an inkjet printer, it can probably be sent as is.

 

If this is commercial offset print you're moving into CMYK territory, which is a whole can of worms in itself. In that case it's imperative that you don't do anything until you have full specifications and a CMYK profile that they want you to use.

 

Come back when you know more -

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Will do, thanks for the prompt response, appreciate it.

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Mar 07, 2023 Mar 07, 2023

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Until you know the exact printer and paper used, and/or someone supplies you with the profile for that combo, there's nothing more you can do. Profiles "profile/fingerprint" device behavior. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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Mar 13, 2023 Mar 13, 2023

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As D. Fosse wrote, work in RGB

Before you convert to CMYK - you need to know more.

Ideally you need to know what print process is being used.

Even more ideally you need the pointer to tell your customer what ICC profile, you should use. 

Otherwise you're trying to chuck a dart to hit a dartboard you can't even see. That’s a significant risk to your reputation.

 

There ARE good generic CMYK print profiles from ECI, GRACoL etc. and many use those, but you can't guess which one, at the very least you need to know the print process. Coated, uncoated, newsprint, sheetfed, web - it makes a difference.

Note that it's quite unlikely that the SWOP v2 profile you have selected there in color settings will be right. 

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net - adobe forum volunteer - co-author: 'getting colour right'
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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