Color Managed Editing & Printing Workflow — Part 1, An Overview

The 1st in a series – Color Managed Workflow

Today – An Overview


You use quality cameras & lenses

You process your captures meticulously

You use a quality photo printer (or lab)

You use quality paper and ink

BUT –  The quality of your prints is average at best! Why?

It’s probably your editing & printing workflow

Is it properly Color Managed?



Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Sepia toned infrared

Present the subject by using contrast – dark against light

Also, get down low and use the trail as a leading line

Don’t ask me why, but one of my favorite places on earth


An excellent print of an image is a sight to behold

The underlying premise of this series is that

An actual print is the ultimate form for displaying a photo

Visit an exhibit of Ansel Adam’s original prints

Compare those with reproductions (web or print)

There is NO comparison

Even though, for most of us,

Only a small fraction of our captures are printed

Shouldn’t that print be as good as possible?

Here’s a part of the problem when it comes our view of our print

When we get our print finished –

To our eyes it looks pretty darn good

But – is it as good as it could (should) be?

Without a basis for comparison (like 2nd print)

We assume it’s as good as possible

More often, it’s not

However, as my wife said when I mentioned this series

For many folks – Good enough is good enough

For the rest of you – this series is for us 😉


This series will look at the elements of a

Color Managed Editing and Printing Workflow

Stops along the way (a dozen or so posts) will include –

Your monitor – calibration & all of that “kind of stuff”

Side trips/detours to consider color managed (or not)



Color Management aware photo-related software

Color gamut vis-a-vis Print Rendering Intent

Color working spaces

Black Point Compensation

Profiles – Camera, Monitor, and Paper

Soft Proofing

Using Curves to compensate for printing issues

Paper selection – the aesthetics & printing implications

Ambient lighting effects

File > Print Set Up > Print (sending your file to the printer)

I’ll probably think of more as we go along

You’re welcome to add to the list via a Reply Comment

Until then ….


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