The first step top accurate soft proofing that is making the monitor adjusting the monitor the exact way you want to print and then printing and the print matches the monitor, the very first step is control viewing conditions.
Control viewing conditions is the light that illuminates the print. Ninety percent of the customers that hire me as they consulted to come in. To set up their soft proofing, they’re using ambient light. Ambient light is their main light lighting their prints and be at light during the day our eyes don’t have color memories. So during the day the print might look at too as in our eye but it’s actually the print is different during different times of the day. As an example to this, we’re going to take a look at this rendition booth. That was like the identical same three images and each of the different little lighting compartments and what were going to do is run a light one. We store a light, which is a 6500 Kelvin, which is a cool fluorescent. We’re going to light one with daylight, which is equal amounts of red, green and blue in the spectrum. It’s a 5000 Kelvin and we’re going to light one with a tungsten light which is a 3200 Kelvin. What you can see in this image is extremely yellow.
What I want you to notice is the difference we have every print actually looks different. But if you look at one print by itself into the light sources and you only see that print not in comparison. Your eye adjust to it and it tends to look okay, so the concept that I want you to understand is—if you’re viewing your prints not under a controlled viewing condition your prints actually changing depending on the light. That’s getting the image. So the most important consideration is your viewing conditions.
Now another point to take in consideration is we just got done complete in the tolerance Delta E exercise and most of it is to determine our Delta E tolerance. Ideally in the perfect rules are one to two but realistically, for our budget were somewhere on the four to six range. Okay, what the Delta E tolerance difference between the stored light and home light is over a 40 Delta E and if you’re doing—if you’re viewing your prints by ambient light coming from outside. During the day depending on the time of the year, depending if it’s morning or afternoon you get more of a variable during the day than you’re seeing between stored light and home light.
So you can see 90% of most of our soft proofing prints can be easily solved just like controlling your viewing conditions. This is a dimmable light source that we can use to match intense to give to give the monitor and this dimmable in this we’re going to take in. It doesn’t change color temperature whether you make it bright or dim. A more economical viewing condition is installing your own fort of fluorescent pictures and area that’s next to your monitor. It’s super important your viewing condition is adjacent to the monitor. It’s important that, that area isn’t affected by colored walls and you could do that with fort of fluorescent pictures that you can get from electrical supply house or from home depot or Lowe’s. And that you outfit them with full spectrum bulbs. Those bulbs that using about twice as much as a normal cool white bulb or a warm light bulb and they’re actually will set right on that 5000 Kelvin. It’s a full spectrum bulb that means there’s an equal amount of red, green and blue.