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smogpart Gold Member  CONCORD, AU  Nikonian since 20th Dec 2007 Mon 03-May-10 04:32 AM
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"ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF"



I am new to NX2 and struggling with printing.
Equipment:
>Canon i9950 printer
>Canon Photo Pro 2 paper
>Nikon D90

When I have my RAW file looking the way I like, select(as per Jason O'Dells Guide recommendation), I select the Canon i9950 printer and paper profiles, turn on the soft proofing feature in NX2 and get a washed soft proof that lacks punch and has a faint gray cast vel over the entire photo - especially evident in the blacks.

I then struggle to delete this veil and basically screw everything never again matching the original post procressed image.

Can any one assist? - al thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated


Josef Smogurzewski
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

  

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Reply message RE: ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF sevtcard Silver Member
05th May 2010
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Reply message RE: ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF rbaskin Silver Member
05th May 2010
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     Reply message RE: ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF smogpart Gold Member
19th May 2010
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          Reply message RE: ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF Robp Gold Member
20th May 2010
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               Reply message RE: ISSUES WITH NX2 AND SOFT PROOF smogpart Gold Member
21st May 2010
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sevtcard Silver Member  US  Nikonian since 05th Mar 2009 Wed 05-May-10 03:49 AM
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this is a problem...i've mostly learned to ignore the 'veil.' the idea is to give a general concept of the icc profile and to how the image will look as a final product (never as good as on the monitor)...it's only an approximation of what you might expect on the printed medium...i send all of my printing out and find that the soft proofing is marginally/not helpful. i've got a good concept as to how things will look through my local (approximately 1,000 miles away ) printer when i view my images in CNX2. consequently, I don't generally go to soft-proofing. i'm sure there are others who would (perhaps violently) disagree...
Yours in good imaging
Mark
I'ts all in the eye, after all.......

  

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rbaskin Silver Member  Ridgefield, US  Nikonian since 05th Feb 2007 Wed 05-May-10 09:08 PM
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I find softproofing to be most helpful when printing to matte, particularly fine art, papers. I don't use it for gloss and semi/soft gloss - doesn't help me near as much as with matte.

Ralph in Ct

  

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smogpart Gold Member  CONCORD, AU  Nikonian since 20th Dec 2007 Wed 19-May-10 10:39 AM
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Thanks for the responses - greatly appreciated.
Josef Smogurzewski
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

  

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Robp Gold Member  Gainesville, US  Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2009 Thu 20-May-10 01:48 PM
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Josef,

As others noted, softproofing is an approximation of the results to be expected from your printer/ink/paper selection and the "veil" is an attempt to indicate the dulling effect of using a light-absorbing medium (paper) versus your light-emitting display monitor.

Paper selection does greatly affect this dulling effect and this is where I find softproofing to be valuable, e.g., comparison will show you that Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper dulls your image much less than Epson Photo Quality Inkjet Paper.

In general, softproofing reminds me to use Adjust and increase the Brightness and Contrast a little to compensate for the Paper-effect. Of course, you may adjust anything but, as you said, it gets complicated so I tend to keep final adjustment simple. This is where use of View>Compare Images>Compare With Original is useful.

Rob

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smogpart Gold Member  CONCORD, AU  Nikonian since 20th Dec 2007 Fri 21-May-10 08:51 AM
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Thanks Rob,

Your response makes a lot of sense - I will go back to the contrast/ brightness and adjust as you note.

Josef Smogurzewski
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

  

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