[argyllcms] Re: Spyder4: Difference in using argyllcms and original software

  • From: Ben Goren <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:32:56 -0700

On Nov 11, 2015, at 4:01 PM, Werzi2001@xxxxxx wrote:

My goal is to have the colors somehow match the colors when i
print the images (or letting them print by a printing service).

Ah.

Yes.

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

Such a goal is certainly possible...but there're a lot more variables at play
than simply a monitor profile. First, the printer itself needs a comparable
profile.

And, then...well, imagine that you clipped the print to your monitor, turned
off the room lights, and shone one of those red night-vision-preserving
flashlights on the print that astronomers and pilots like to use. You wouldn't
expect the print to match the display, obviously. Now, the lighting you have in
the room with the computer likely isn't as weird as that sort of light...but
chances are slim that it's up to graphic arts standards, either. Fluorescent
and LED lights are wonderful for lots of things, but few even bother with
critical color rendition and merely aim for "good enough."

So...I'd advise one of two approaches.

You probably don't want the first option, which would be to go whole-hog. A
top-quality color-managed workflow and environment from end to end is very much
within the reach of amateurs, but there's a lot to learn. It's an incredibly
rich and fascinating and even mind-blowing branch of science; you'll never ever
run out of stuff to learn. But the same can be said for so many other fields,
and you can only include so many passions in your life. If this is one for your
life, fantastic! But, statistically, it's probably not.

Instead, you're more likely to be wanting a "good enough" approach. And,
here...well, the proverbial "pick two" applies. If you want minimal effort on
your part and can throw money at the problem, buy a ColorMunki (the
spectrometer version, not the colorimeter), use the bundled software to profile
both your display and the printer, and buy a SoLux lamp for viewing prints. The
ColorMunki also works great (even better, in fact) with Argyll, so it's a good
starting point to grow with. Its key feature over your display colorimeter is
that you can profile your printer, and not just your display. And the i1 Pro is
a very worthwhile upgrade from the ColorMunki, should your budget stretch that
far.

Lots of other options abound. At the base, with minimal additional
expenditure...use DispcalGUI with default options (unless you're sure you want
something different) to profile your display and assume it's "good enough"
until you have reason to suspect otherwise. Use one of the many services to
create one-off profiles for your printer...it's been many years since I even
looked at prices for those sorts of thing, but it'll probably cost you about as
much as a pack of quality fine art photo paper. Evaluate your prints either
under actual daylight or an actual incandescent bulb -- but don't attempt to
compare them side-by-side with what you see on the monitor.

Hopefully something in all of that will give you an idea of how to figure out
what it is that you're wanting to do and what you're willing to do to get
there.....

Cheers,

b&

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