My process to prepare files for print. Well, this is how I approach things, do keep in mind I am a bit of a perfectionist.
Shoot in .NEF format only, open in Capture 3, make modifications, i.e. white balance > exposure correction (you must have the correct exposure before you judge color, just like in the darkroom) > color correction (to include tone, hue, saturation), export as .tif, open in Photoshop (watch your color space and profiles), CMYK conversion, retouch, save as, adjust size and resolution, apply unsharp mask.
It appears to be a lot of work, but it goes fast with better camera settings to start. With a very close exposure and color balance out of the camera it makes the post processing that much easier. As you become more accustom to the camera and the software it will be easier to know how much of what adjustment is needed and less trial and error.
The time required for post processing will also depend on the final printing requirements. There is a big difference between high end and low end printing, plain old four color process vs Hexachrome Hi-Fi six color process, 12 Pt. CS2 Kromecoat vs 88 lb Double Thick Strathmore cover, long vs short run, Promotional vs Doorknob flyer.
You shouldn't waste too much time fine tuning that image that will end up on the company high speed color copier. Then again, if your shooting for Lockheed Martin's annual you can afford to spend a few more minutes tweaking your masterpiece.
Oh, and one more thing - when is the last time you calibrated you monitor? BTW, what Gamma did you say you're using, 1.8, 2.2? What's your Target white point? how about Tristimuli values?
What was it the First Mate said to the Captain of the Titanic? I think we only hit the tip.
>JLP, > >As my work involes mostly graphic arts and going to print >with CMYK images I use Photoshop exclusively for CMYK >converions and image adjustments. I will be purchasing my >D100 next month. > >What are my options and best methods for using these formats >in photoshop? Do I shoot in NEF and open directly in PS or >open in NC3 and convert to TIFF in NC3 or do I shoot in >TIFF? > >Any advice would be greatly appreciated. > >Steve O'Collin (mick)