Dear RT community,
I have to admit I am completely lost.
I have searched this forum and the rawpedia (e.g. http://rawpedia.rawtherapee.com/Editor#Monitor_Profile_and_Soft-Proofing) but I can’t figure out the correct workflow for soft proofing. So maybe you can help me. Thanks very much in advance.
I have an icc profile from the company I want to have my picture printed with. For my monitor I have an icm profile from the manufacturer (and an inf driver but that is probably irrelevant). I do not have a hardware monitor calibration device. They are quite expensive …
In the preferences tab under colour management there are two sections. monitor and printer. Under monitor I can set the default color profile. In the dropdown box there are no monitors listed but profiles that are hardware independent. There is also the option to set “none” or using the operating systems main monitor colour profile. I am lost what is the best/correct option here.
Under printer I can select the icc profile I downloaded from the company I print my work with. I can also set options like rendering intent and black point compensation. The website of the company provides further settings like preserve cmyk numbers and simulate paper color. I guess there is no way to set them in RT.
Am I using these preferences correctly? What is the correct way to set the monitor profile?
In the editor, tab colour, section colour management. I can set an input profile, working profile and output profile. Input profile has none, embedded and custom as options. With the custom button I can use the icc from the company. Does not sound right to me. between “none” and the one from the printing company there is no difference in appearance, the embedded one gives a huge difference. Is it correct to use the embedded one? I am using a dng converted from the camera raw.
Working profile: I can select from hardware independent ones. They have no visible effect. Which one is reasonable? I remember adobe RBG has a greater range than sRGB. But most jpgs are transferred in sRGB. so … sRGB??
Output profile: There is a wide range to choose from. There are some of the printing companys profiles there, but not all. Any ideas why? Is this an RGB vs. CMYK thing? I have no idea what to set here. Chosing any does not have a visible effect.
Under the preview window there is a dropdown box (most left control) with “None” preselected. There I can select from a number of profiles, most of them I have never heard. There is also the ICM from my monitor and a system default. Changing from none has a visible effect. Is it correct here to chose the one from the monitor?
Next to the right there is a dropdown for rendering intent. No idea what this is for. selecting one does not have a visible effect.
Next to the right is the soft-proofing button. The tooltip distinguished between “when printed” and “when viewed on a display”. I don’t understand this. I am always viewing on the display am I not?`Pressing it has a significant effect, but with the tooltip I am completely lost which effect I am inflicting on the image. Also I would have no idea how to export the correct jpg which I then hand in to the printing company.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to make my painpoints clear so that maybe somebody else can relate and benefit from your answers. Keep up the great work. RT is amazing.