What is a softproof and which profile must be embedded in my file?


What is a Softproof?

The softproof provides the correct colorimetric output of digital production data on the monitor. With the aid of the softproof, you can already judge by the monitor how the colors of the product will look. Each ICC profile created for the Softproof takes into account the characteristics of the respective product and presents it. Despite the latest imaging techniques, the final product will never reach the luminosity and brilliance of a monitor. Therefore, it is important that you set the display of your monitor accordingly, so you can then assess how the final product will look.

What color profile do I need to embed in my file?

Your image file must have an embedded color profile of either sRGB (sRGB IEC61966-2.1), Adobe RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB. With Softproof, you can select the ICC profile of the later production tool and simulate on the screen what the future production result will look like.

It is important that the ICC profile for Softproof is not embedded in the file . Your data is sent to be produced in the color space sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB and is produced in the machine with the corresponding profile. This is the only way to ensure correct color reproduction.

If you embed the ICC profile from the Softproof into the file, the files color profile can not be recognized correctly on the machine and color shifts occur. In order to ensure correct color rendering, it is necessary that you send us your data in sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB and in no case embed the ICC profile into the file.

Also, you must always send us your data in the RGB color space. It is by no means possible to send us CMYK data as they will not produced correctly either.

How does a Softproof work?

You need software that supports Softproof, such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Also, you need a well set, at best a calibrated monitor.

ICC-Profile for the Softproof 

Please note that we do not offer a softproof profile for photobooks.

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