Soft Proofing Photos for Print with On1 Photo RAW 2020

hello I’m Robin Whalley welcome to Lenscraft in my previous video I explained soft proofing in on one photo la 20/20
and why you need to use it when printing I also explained how to use the various
options to produce an accurate soft proof if you haven’t seen that video
I’ll include the details in this video’s description below
you’ll need to know how to use these features because today I’m explaining
how to use them to prepare an image for printing or last time I showed how
different images looked when soft proof for different papers if I’m going to
print this image on photo speed natural soft texture matte paper I’ll need to
make some adjustments first or it won’t look good
adjusting the image to print correctly is the important part of soft proofing
that ensures your prints are accurate looking at your image with the soft
proofing turned on doesn’t do anything and neither does printing them with the
soft proof turned on you must apply adjustments to compensate for printing
or the print just looks different to the screen how different it looks though
depends on the printer and the paper you’re using but it will be different
when it comes to adjusting an image to compensate for printing you don’t want
to adjust the original the original is your master image and you should leave
it looking the same as a reference I’ll explain what I mean by that later in the
video what we’ll do is create a new version of this image that we can adjust
for printing select that image and turn on the soft
proofing if we turn on the simulate paper in ink
you can see that most of the problems are because the paper can’t creates a
deep enough black when I turn on the gamut warnings in the soft proofing you
can see these dark areas become highlighted when you see this is
tempting to think that you should remove all the warnings but that’s not
necessarily the case if gamut problems are causing shifts in
color or issues with saturation then you might want to fix those but in this
example it’s the dark beach that’s causing the issue the map paper I’m
going to be printing to just can’t create an image that’s not dark when I
print that’s using perceptual rendering the entire image will become lighter as
I explained in the previous video but to compensate for this I’ll make some
adjustments to increase the contrast and to try to darken the beach a bit more the colors in the soft proof also look a
little warmer than the original so I’ll reduce the color temperature just
slightly what I’m trying to do is arrive at an adjustment that matches the
original image I want the soft proof to look like the original unfortunately
there isn’t currently an option to compare the adjusted soft proof next to
the original image in on-one the best option I can come up with is to use the
thumbnail in the thumb strip so I can compare the soft proof with my original
master image which you’ll remember I call my reference point you can see here
that my adjusted soft proof now looks quite like the original image thumbnail
if I toggle the soft proof off you can see just how much darker that adjusted
version of the image is now that I have my soft proof looking how I want the
print to look I’ll select a print in the print dialog you can see we have
two options at the top one is to send the print to the printer and the other
to save it as a file if you’re going to be sending your image to a lab for
printing or using an online printing service
don’t use the file option here instead you use the export option and generate a
JPEG which you can then upload for printing now if you’re printing using
the print dialog the important points are to pick the correct printer profile
to use in the color section you’ll also find the rendering intent here which I
want to set a perceptual for this image if you don’t understand the difference
between perceptual and relative rendering go back and watch the previous
video where I explain it finally I can select one of the sharpening options
from the drop-down list as I’m printing some map paper I’ll select the matte
print option I can then print the image using the print button although the
adjusted soft proof image looks a little bit dark when the proofing is off once
it’s printed the print will match the soft proof on the screen I hope you
found this video useful if you have please share it and don’t forget to
subscribe I’m Robin Whalley you’ve been watching lenscraft I’ll see you next
time for another video


  1. Thank you, this explained the concept very well. I have heard that after you make your adjustments, the soft-proofing menus item should be turned off before printing. Your opinion?

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