Many photographers understand the need for color management, but don’t implement it into their daily workflow. Calibration and the use of soft-proofing (color preview on screen) practices can greatly improve the output quality of images, while reducing trial and error costs. Learning how to effectively integrate calibration and soft-proofing into your digital workflow can save time and money, as well as enhance image quality.
Soft-proofing, formerly found only in the full version of Photoshop, is now available much more affordably in Lightroom 4, expanding the market for soft-proof use. An accurate color preview provides multiple benefits, ranging from a corrected review of output color before printing, to a method to correct images for a specific output device from within your normal workflow, helping you judge the impact of image editing on the fly – saving time and helping ensure desired results.