I have to report that I'm very much loving this option (under Canvas in the menu).I've been working for a British comic anthology and have found it gold for anticipating the appearance of the final printed version.it doesn't just simulate cmyk but also provides for the slightly off white of paper compared to the glare of a monitor.I haven't looked into calibrating it to the specific magazine (which has slightly duller bright greens and paler cyans but is virtually identical in nearly every other respect) but I may yet.
An excellent feature. Thanks, development team.
Very cool. The comic looks great! I'm also working on a comic project in Painter (unfortunately I can't post anything yet) and didn't realize this setting was there (I'm terrible with some of the print end of things). I was planning on converting to CMYK in Photoshop. I'm interested to hear more of your opinions on this.
In the Color Proofing Dialog it looks like the default "Simulate Device" is :U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2
Does this actually refer to CMYK?
Thanks for any advice.
G'day Aztronaut!Yup, that's one of the CMYK profiles. I just use that one, though the paper the comic is printed on isn't actually coated.Admittedly I never paid much attention to those kinds of things at design school, being an illustrator rather than a design technician, and haven't bothered to find out the technical details in the decades since.The uncoated option makes the paper whiter and the inks duller, but I think coated looks closer to the final print. We're up to issue 5, so I've been able to compare a few pages.I still convert the final file to CMYK in photoshop, but this proofing mode helps a good bit to make decisions during painting.As mentioned, the default mode at least isn't creating the dulled greens and pale cyans as the final print does, but that's a small detail, everything else is so close!I still switch between modes as I work, sometimes the extra brightness is easier on the eyes.
Thanks for sharing. I was just speaking with my graphic designer friend the other day about some issues related to converting from RGB to CMYK - mostly about how to avoid too much black in the black plate. I am going to explore the Color Proofing in Painter and will come back and post any of my own findings. Sounds like your comic has been printed? Can you share the title? I would be interested in picking up a copy.
It'll be really good to share findings, like I said, there's stuff I'm supposed to know but...If you're in America the only place I know of to get "The77" is Isotope comics in San Francisco. In the UK there's loads of places but it can also be ordered from https://getmycomics.com/The77 or digital thru the comic's own shop https://the77comic.bigcartel.com/category/comic
I can mail 'em out from New Zealand too, since I've got a box of issues 1-4. The comic was a bit fragmented in issue 1, the later issues are more satisfying in my opinion. The77 is a British Anthology in the style of 2000AD, each story gets just a 5 or 6 page slot in each issue, which is just under 70 pages. I can also send you just my own story from, say #4 if you want a taster first.
Cool, I'll check it out. Funny, I'm only two hours from San Fran, but it's still a drive and the traffic can be a nightmare. I'll look at ordering online. I love Anthologies.