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monitor calibrations and the Blurb icc and photoshop etc etc
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Edit: When I talked about Working Spaces above, I was referring to Photoshop, where you do your editing. Don’t worry too much about the Working Space used in InDesign, since that will be handled by the Blurb templates and PDF export options, and everything should be using the Blurb profile by the time it reaches InDesign anyway.

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May 14, 2011 5:40am PDT
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monitor calibrations and the Blurb icc and photoshop etc etc
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I find it’s easiest to keep the two stages of the workflow separate. I have a master file that’s in RGB mode and uses an RGB Working Space (sRGB is fine if your source photographs are jpegs from the camera, but Adobe RGB would be a bit better). This file is saved as a .psd with all the layers intact.

When it comes to putting the image into InDesign, I flatten the file, soft-proof as described above, do final corrections for print, and then convert it to the Blurb ICC. This is then saved as a separate .tiff file which is placed into the layout.The downside is that if I make any edits I have to go through the whole process again, but it means I keep the master in the highest quality possible if I want to use it for another purpose later.

I wouldn’t recommend using the Blurb profile (or any CMYK profile) as a working space, since the range of colours it can handle is far smaller than those your camera can capture. I’s really just designed to be used for final output so that the colour in your image is squashed into the range of colour that the printer can handle.

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May 14, 2011 5:35am PDT
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