NOTES includes short papers and test files abridged from our workshops and consultations that address the most commonly asked questions.
Calibrating Printing Editing
Updated 04 March 2023.
A detailed analysis of the ‘difficulties’ experienced when printing with generic printer profiles, and how we correct this, not just through custom profiling specific printers and workflows, but the profound improvements our skills and profile enhancements make. Last updated 28 February 2023.
An outline and explanation of the different printer profile variants we create, their purposes, both technically and aesthetically, and recommendations for their application in print production workflows. Last updated 18 February 2022.
A short paper from 1985 outlining the relationship between the relative scale of my prints to their subject-that-matters. Last updated 22 February 2016.
An update of my original 1985 paper that outlines my understanding of how the ratio of height to width in a print effects our interpretation of it. Last updated 18 May 2016.
An explanation of why printing BW images as full gamut colour prints is not always the best practice, and alternate methods of creating superior BW prints. Last updated 28 February 2020.
Includes various approaches to making sample prints for direct media comparison, including our custom media evaluation service. Last updated 06 April 2020.
An introduction to the resources on this page and road-map for the evaluation of your working environment. Last updated 20 April 2020.
An introductory essay comparing Application Proofing in colour savvy software compared with Screen Simulations on advanced graphics monitors. Last updated 24 July 2021.
This paper discusses the ‘difficulty’ posed by the fluorescence from optically brightened printing papers for accurate soft proofing. Last updated 07 February 2022.
An outline of the theoretical factors determining the limits of soft-proofing simulations with workflow solutions to the most common errors and misunderstandings. Last updated 19 October 2020.
VIEWING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
A target for testing the correlation between screen and print appearance. All L* values from 1 to 99 should be equally visible on screen and in print in an accurately profiled workflow and without compromising Dmax.
A short paper on the theory and practice of how to create a critical and colorimetric accurate viewing environment for soft proofing and print evaluation. Last updated 19 September 2020.
This paper details the production of accurate small format ‘Guide Prints’ to assist your digital file’s faithful large format printing by a ProLab or Boutique Printer. Last updated 28 March 2021.
A short paper on easy and affordable in-house hard proofing that exceeds FOGRA standards via the RGB Mirage Print RIP. Last updated 21 September 2020.