Modern Printmaking Part Two: Consistency – Understanding color spaces, profiles and device calibration
Published March 2016
By Jason Bradley
Digital printing workflow is all about consistency. The thing with analog printing, especially printing that requires dodging and burning, and masking, is that no two prints are exactly alike. Digital printing, when practiced well, eliminates the unpredictable nature of analog printing. Once an image has been developed and proofed in Lightroom, Photoshop or elsewhere, printing becomes a matter of hitting “Print”. Admittedly, it’s not as easy as that, but compared to building a darkroom, mixing chemicals, developing and fixing paper, it kind of is. Making the one hundredth print versus the first should be, theoretically, the same—even if you print on different printers or on different papers—as long as you know how to practice a workflow that supports such consistency.