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Know when and why to soft proof your image

Added on Tuesday 2nd of August 2011 06:30 am EST

Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5
Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I’m new to using Photoshop and am wondering, what does it mean to soft proof?


Soft proof describes the process of reviewing the appearance of an image, design, or layout onscreen and before printing. The assumption is that a soft proof is a close approximation of the printed version.

The reliability of a soft proof depends heavily on the calibration of the monitor being used, as well as the ICC profiles that have been calibrated to match the color of the monitor to the printing device. The reason for soft proof, assuming that it’s a close approximation of the printed document, is simply a matter of saving time and materials. We can rarely, if ever, depend on a phosphorus-glowing screen to exactly match a reflective pr...