Sample Proofs

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This is our online proofing service. This service is a flat-rate pack/ship service and is built to allow for fast physical proofs to be made on your paper/ink of choice so you can edit your files perfectly for final portfolio or custom printing. The other thing this service is good for is to show you what Piezography can do if you are interested in buying the ink from us. If you print with us in our studio in Vermont (or you buy Piezography ink yourself) you have over 2 billion different paper/ink/tone choices, but on this service we offer 10 different toning choices and 11 different papers (that is a total of 110 different combinations!). Please scroll down to see a preview of each toning choice and download our Softproof ICC profiles to preview that toning on your own image in Photoshop before you upload!

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 13 x 2 in

Softproof ICCs

Use our Soft-Proof ICC profiles to perfectly simulate the final printed image in Photoshop. This will enable a close match between the image on your monitor and the final print. There are two types of soft-proof ICCs in the download link below. One type of ICC is a “Piezography Soft Proof ICC” and one is a “Color Soft Proof ICC.” The Piezography ICCs are used to simulate the color and contrast of a particular Piezography ink/paper combo and the Color ICCs are used to simulate the color/contrast of a particular Color ink/paper combo.

Download All SoftProof ICCs Here

Overview:
Soft Proof is a feature that has long been used in Photoshop for previewing images as they will appear in print. The “Soft” is for software. Proofs are normally hard copies that are printed to give the designer or photographer an idea of how a digital image will print prior to going to press. The Soft Proof therefore, is a way to look at an image that is being converted by the software (Photoshop and Lightroom) to simulate the color of the inks, the color of the paper, and the dynamic range (contrast) of the inks. It will give you, the artist, a better idea of exactly how your print will arrive in the mail so you can edit the tones in a more precise matter. Softproof ICCs profiles are not used for printing. They are only used for previewing images.

Installation:
Soft Proof ICC profiles are easy to install.
Find the files are end in “.icc”. These are in the same folder as this instructions document.
On Macs you copy or move the ICC profiles to your User/Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder.
On Windows you get to right click each ICC profile and select Install or you can manually copy each ICC into C:/WINDOWS/system32/spool/drivers/color

Soft Proofing in Photoshop:

  1. Go to View / Proof Setup / Custom menu on the Menu bar
  2. In the Device to Simulate menu you can select one of the ICCs you have down loaded.
  3. If you have trouble finding them – look for the ones that start with “Piezo.”
  4. Set the Rendering Intent to Relative Colorimetric
  5. Under Display Options check both of Simulate Paper Color and Simulate Black Ink
  6. You can select OK to exit this window, or you can Save the setup so it is easily selected again under View / Proof Setup
  7. Your image (even a color image) will have converted to the color of the inks that were profiled while you were selecting the ICC profile in the Custom menu. You will notice that anything that was brightest or near brightest changed to a new color of white relative to the color of the paper that was profiled. And the dMax (the darker parts of the display) got appreciably lighter to as near exact to that amount of light that is reflected off the darkest bits of the inks on that paper that were profiled. The contrast of the image will be converted to Gamma 2.2 and you will only notice that if your display has not been calibrated to Gamma 2.20 (which it should be!).

Soft Proofing in Lightroom:

  1. While in Develop mode check SoftProofing on the Toolbar.
  2. Clicking that opens the SoftProofing Pane
  3. In the Profile menu you can select one of the ICCs you have down loaded.
  4. If you have trouble finding them – look for the ones that start with “Piezo.”
  5. For Intent I suggest Relative
  6. Check Simulate Paper Ink
  7. Judge the Results

Jon Cone’s aside:

This is where time really shows the difference between imaging in the 1990s and 2000s, and imaging today. I hate to get all “back in the day”, but back in the day everyone had a D50 environment. Everyone doing advanced digital imaging in the 90s and 2000s were mostly professionals in studios – that had perfect viewing conditions for both their calibrated displays and the printed proofs they used for comparing to the display to.

The displays were CRTs calibrated to 5000 kelvin. The displays were in darkened rooms without any other source of light that was not the same color temperature as 5000k or made the room brighter than 50 to 100 lux. Adjacent to the display was a small viewing booth which the print was put into. The light in the booth was dimmed to the same brightness of the calibrated display, and the color temperature of the booth’s light was the same as that of the calibrated display (5000k).

As ICC improved each successive year, the quality of the match of a print to the soft proof on the calibrated display became more and more accurate. Then the CRT died, and the LCDs came on – and with the exception of the Eizos and the NECs — they’ve gotten worse ever since. Frankly, color management today is not what it used to be. And yet that is not saying that ICC profiling does not work. It does. Printing is better than ever. What is lacking is that such a small percentage of users at home have set up good viewing and comparison conditions.

So, the results will vary. Soft proofing depends fully on the quality of your calibration and viewing conditions. For example, I can not use the latest greatest MacBook Pro that I’m writing this on (even though it has both Photoshop and Lightroom.) I have calibrated it with i1Profiler – but Apple didn’t design this MacBook Pro’s display for previewing soft proof ICC profiles. But, I do have a Mac Tower with a 30″ NEC that is hardware calibrated using NEC’s own sensor and software. The print lab this monitor sits in is painted off-white and dimmed to about 75 Lux. There is a GTI soft proof (dimmed) viewing booth – and everything is calibrated to 5000k. The display is reduced to the dynamic range of the Piezography prints for viewing when I am making prints. I use the soft proof in both LR and PS. I will set it brighter for general photo work and can also change it on the fly to look like what most of the world sees when they look at Facebook and web pages.

Summary:

In summary, Soft Proofing is a useful tool for artists wanting to get perfectly matched prints right off the bat. However, soft proofing will not work equally well on all monitors. We suggest using a high-end monitor that can truly show more than 256 gray levels at even the low contrast ranges required to match printed paper. The brands that stand out the best are Eizo ColorEdge and NEC SpectraView monitors.

ICC List:

ICC Profile Name Ink Set Paper Toning / Hue / Base
PiezoPro Matte Warm.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers 100% Warm
PiezoPro Matte Neutral.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers 100% Neutral
PiezoPro Matte Cool.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers 100% Cool (Cool Neutral)
PiezoPro Matte Warm Neutral.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers 25% towards Warm
PiezoPro Matte Semi-Warm.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers 50% Towards Warm
PiezoPro Matte wH cS.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers Warm Highlights & Cool Shadows
PiezoPro Matte cH wS.icc Piezography Pro All Matte Papers Cool Highlights & Warm Shadows
PiezoPro Gloss Warm.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers 100% Warm
PiezoPro Gloss Neutral.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers 100% Neutral
PiezoPro Gloss Cool.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers 100% Cool (Cool Neutral)
PiezoPro Gloss Warm Neutral.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers 25% towards Warm
PiezoPro Gloss Semi-Warm.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers 50% Towards Warm
PiezoPro Gloss wH cS.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers Warm Highlights & Cool Shadows
PiezoPro Gloss cH wS.icc Piezography Pro All Gloss Papers Cool Highlights & Warm Shadows
PiezoK7 Matte Carbon.icc Piezography K7 All Matte Papers 100% Carbon (warm)
PiezoK7 Matte Special Edition.icc Piezography K7 All Matte Papers Warm Shadows & Cool Highlights
PiezoK7 Matte Selenium.icc Piezography K7 All Matte Papers Magenta Neutral Warm (glow)
PiezoK7 Gloss Carbon.icc Piezography K7 All Gloss Papers 100% Carbon (warm)
PiezoK7 Gloss Special Edition.icc Piezography K7 All Gloss Papers Warm Shadows & Cool Highlights
PiezoK7 Gloss Selenium.icc Piezography K7 All Gloss Papers Magenta Neutral Warm (glow)
CEP9900 Eps PremSemiMatte.icc Color Pigment Epson Premium Semimatte (luster)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Hahn Matte Fibre.icc Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Matte Fibre (matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Hahn PhoRag.icc Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Photo Rag (matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Can RagPhoto.icc Color Pigment Canson Rag Photographique (Matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Hahn Bamboo Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Bamboo (matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Can BFKRives.icc Color Pigment Canson BFK Rives (matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Can EdEtch.icc Color Pigment Canson Editions Etching (matte)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Hahn PhoGlossBaryta Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Photo Gloss Baryta (glossy)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
CEP9900 Hahn PhoRagBaryta Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta (semigloss)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
 CEP9900 Hahn PhoRagPearl Color Pigment Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl (semigloss)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!
 CEP9900 Canson Platine Color Pigment Canson Platine (semigloss)  * Note, Soft Proof ICC Not Available. Coming soon!

Billing, Support, & Ship Policies

Payment
Because this is a proofing service, everything gets automated online, including payment. After adding this product to you cart you will be prompted to enter your credit card information and the final invoice will be sent to you after payment is completed. After submission of your proofing order, there are no refunds. If this order is combined with another item that requires review, we will send the final invoice (for payment) including the total for this order: aka, you will not have to pay up-front in the event of a “portfolio” order attached to this proofing order.

Shipping:
All shipping is done by USPS Flat-Rate parcel service.

Sizing:
Each proof is made on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. If your image is sized at 8.5×11 or larger we will downsize it to 10″ on the long side as our printers do not print full bleed. Because this is the proofing service, we will not be emailing with the customer about sizing of each image: the goal is to get the images on the proper paper with the proper ink/toning and get them to the customer ASAP.

More Information:
To learn more about our Piezography print-service please visit cone-editions.com/piezography. To learn more about Piezography ink, visit piezography.com. To buy Piezography ink and cartridges for your own printer, visit shop.inkjetmall.com.

Direct Support:
Because this is a Print On Demand service, we do not offer hand-holding support for the customer. You must be conversant with digital tools and websites enough to complete the order. If you are not able to complete this order, please call us for custom printing and we will be happy to help! Our contact information at located in our Help section.

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