Color quality is a vital concern in the printing industry. The ability of an LCD monitor to accurately and consistently predict the color of a printed work is often in doubt. According to Chung (2005), color reproduction technology is different for soft proofing and hard proofing which could lead a layman to believe that the two technologies may not produce the same result. Nevertheless, it is still possible for both reproduction technologies to achieve a metameric match which gives the same perceived color sensation between display and print.
ISO/CD 14681 provides guidelines for creating the conditions required to perform soft proofing. This standard builds on ISO 12646 requirements for monitors and introduces a new softproofing environment (lightbooth with integrated monitor) to better meet the needs of industrial users.
The ISO 14681 integrated viewing environment removes one important obstacle to achieving print to softproof match, i.e., the problem of simultaneous color contrast inherent in using a dim monitor surround with a bright paper viewing condition for soft proofing. Thus, the first objective of this research was to assess print to softproof visual match in the ISO 14681 integrated viewing environment. Nevertheless, even in this environment, inconsistency between paper white and monitor white remains as the next major obstacle to achieving consistent print to softproof match. Thus, a second objective of this research is to develop a methodology for matching the monitor's white point to the white point of the paper viewed in an ISO 14681 integrated viewing environment.
The methodology for fulfilling these objectives began with the creation of the hardware/software environment required to support experimentation. This environment consisted of a 24-inch EIZO CG242W display conforming to ISO 12646 and an integrated viewing environment conforming to the P2 specification in ISO 3664:2009. Two ISO 12647-2 conformed press sheets were prepared and became the reference for the experiment. The researcher next developed a methodology for matching the monitor white point to the white point of the paper under the P2 viewing condition. Finally, a panel of observers was used to compare print to softproof match for four display conditions in a paired comparison experiment.
The results of the experiment were highly encouraging. The mismatch between monitor and paper white points, as measured by the sum of the differences in R, G, and B counts between the monitor and the paper, was reduced by nearly 90%. In addition, the paired comparison experiment demonstrated that the use of a custom monitor white point and optimized monitor gamma outperformed the use of standard D65 and D50 white points with the same optimized gamma at a .05 level of significance.
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Zunjarrao, Vickrant J., "An Investigation of Soft Proof to Print Agreement under Bright Surround" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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