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Monitor Calibration and ICC Profiles
Old 02-28-2004, 03:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I had been calibrating my monitor via software until I recently got to use a Colorvision monitor calibrator and had it create a ICC profile for me. I had also downloaded a Costco ICC profile from Drycreekphoto.com
My question is, which one should I use in Photoshop as a Working space? Since I print at Costco, wouldn't it be better to set my ICC to their printer settings?

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the monitor ICC profile jogs the differences between the computer and the monitor so that the two "align" just as the printer ICC profile aligns it with the computer. How do you use the ICC of a foreign device (ie, one not connected to your computer)? My current workflow has me saving to disk and then burning these saved files to CD for transport to my Lab but I have now idea how to utilize the labs ICC.
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Old 02-28-2004, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lets put it this way, if your lab gave you their ICC profile for their printers, would you use theirs or use your ICC profile. Because wouldnt it make sense to correct your images to how their printer will output it? Instead of correcting your images, then having their ICC intepret it differently than what you have on your monitor.
 
 
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you are mixing apples and oranges. The ICC for the monitor is separate from the ICC for the printer.
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Your monitor profile is what your system is using and is about the most important part of color management. When editing images in photoshop or whatever progarm you use, work in whatever colorspace you prefer. Then when you are ready to output the images you convert to your labs icc profile. At least that is the way it was explained to me.
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