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Testing the color/tone/shade you print with?

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Testing the color/tone/shade you print with?

Yeah, was wondering what everybody is doing when it comes to choosing color. I tried to recreate the Pantone numbers in Photoshop and it looked great, but when I actually printed, it was much to light (for my taste: top left)
I then started to change and mix the ink in/on the screen (i know, not what you are supposed to do), came slowly with every new version closer to what I wanted - til i overdid it with the red  :(

So, is there a way to get a better idea how the inks/print will look in real life? Like a different color profile in Photoshop maybe? or is it mainly experience?

blue moon:
Lot of it will come down to experience.
When you separate the colors will be pretty close to what you have on the screen. If you stray too far you’ll get the problems you are seeing now with too much difference/contrast between the highlight and the red. If you wanted to keep that red, the highlight would have to have something in it too rather than just plain white. There is a harsh line in that transition right now and too much contrast between the light and dark, it does not look natural.


blue moon:
P.S. Also, human skin is very unforgiving. Your fish or dog can be slightly redder or yellower and we (humans) will not care. But our skin color is made of yellow, red, blue and green. You’ll have to balance those really well for good results.

Avoid using the eye dropper and letting photoshop pick any colors.  Those can be way way off.

Do this instead.

Anyone using the fancy tools from x-rite? Curious to know what they actually cost. I reached out a while back, but didn’t get a reply from a rep. Looks like you can get a Spectrophotometer and densitometer all in one. That would be truly next level.


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