For some time, both with my scanner and now my D1X I have used the following workflow. I open the RAW file in Bibble, do a bare minimum adjustment - maybe a bit of white balence adjustment and the occasional iso correction.
I then send the image to Photoshop. In Photoshop I tell it to convert to the Photocal profile which is my monitor profile as setup by the Photocal Spyder (I recommend it highly).
After whatever needs doing in Photoshop I print.
This seems to me to provide a really good result and the prints are quite satisfactory. I have had no doubts about it at all until the recent discussion about color management. I would like to hear any suggestions from all of you.
As a point of interest I would like to mention the Photoshop Plugins that I normally use and find quite useful. They are Nik sharpener Pro, iCorrect Professional (does an amazing job on white balence), and Color Mechanic Pro which does great color correction. I found all these recommended on the Luminous Landscape website - www.luminous-landscape.com This site should be a must for anyone serious about digital imaging. This despite his rather obvious bias toward Canon
A special thanks to all the contributors to the content of this site. It is invaluable to me as a digital photographer and as a frequent vistitor to many other forums I really like the polite, courteous tone to be found here.
#1. "RE: More Color Management" | In response to Reply # 0sjn Basic MemberThu 03-Oct-02 04:17 AM
The one change you should make here is when in photoshop convert the file to the Adobe RGB color space. Don't assign monitor profiles to your photos. The purpose of the monitor profile is to tell photoshop how to display colors correctly on your monitor (basically to provide the conversion algorithm between your photos and your monitor). If you send the file to someone else or to another printer they wouldn't know how to map the photos color space to what they can use.
For photos themselves use one of the standard color spaces like Adobe RGB (if you are intending to print) or sRGB (intending it for web use). As long as you've calibrated the monitor with the Spyder and assigned the created profile to the monitor properties you'll get the same result.
One thing that would concern me (hopefully there is another color guru out there that can confirm or deny this???) would be if the monitor's color space didn't support the full spectrum of colors that were captured by your camera or scanner - it's possible you're loosing a lot of colors. Take a look at some of the articles on the web about the range of various color spaces. The question would be where does your monitor profile fit in comparison to the standard one. I'm going to guess it's a much smaller space and that you're loosing colors.
Hope that helps,
#2. "RE: More Color Management" | In response to Reply # 0Docklander Registered since 30th Oct 2002Fri 01-Nov-02 05:26 AM
I agree with Scott, Gene. Like you, when Adobe first sprang colour management on us, I misunderstood the process, and used to assign my monitor profile to the file, then congratulated myself when the Epson squirted a print onto the desk which looked very like what I could see on the screen. Only when I received the advice to use Adobe RGB as the colour space across all input and output points, did I realise that I had been working with an unnecessarily restricted gamut.
I also agree with you, Gene, in that I much prefer the tone of the interactions on this site to some of the battlefields in other areas online. I grew tired of the passive-aggressive stance of some contributors, and very annoyed at some of the open hostility people would have to endure for the simplest remark. You wonder if some of the bigshots would dare speak to you so discourteously in person. I don’t think they’d risk the inevitable and ACTUAL smack in the teeth...
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