I just love Darktable. It’s such a fantastic tool. But I’m struggling to understand how I should set up my colour management workflow. My goal is that the photos I see in Darktable should be as similar as possible as what comes out of my photo printer.
I have a Xrite Colormunki Photo spectrometer which I use with DisplayCal to create a ICC profile for my monitor. I use Manjaro Linux with i3wm. I load the colour profile as a monitor profile with xcalib. Since Darktable does not recognize profiles set by xcalib, I manually set the same ICC profile in Darktable as my display profile.
I recently got a Canon Pixma Pro 10S colour inkjet printer. I use a Windows 10 VM to run Canons user un-friendly printer software. I export my pictures from Darktable under Manjaro to a specific folder which is shared with Windows.
I recently read the following article on how to create printer profiles using ArgyllCMS:
Seems straightforward enough, but I’m struggling to understand how I should use the printer profiles. I know that you can use ICC profiles for “soft-proofing” (ie simulating how a photo looks when printing). I also know that you can embed a colour profile in your jpeg or tiff when exporting from Darktable. This embedded profile can then be picked by the printing software.
My questions are:
- Should I embed the monitor profile or the printer profile during the export?
- What else should I use the printer profile in Darktable for?
I read the Darktable manual, but it did not answer my questions. I don’t want to print directly from Darktable. I prefer a workflow that forces me to create a copy of the image I send to the printer.