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
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.......
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.