[Alt-photo] Color Profile

Niranjan Patel nirpat89 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 9 09:21:48 UTC 2018

My thoughts...

I think the answer will depend on where in the color gamut of sRGB your current colorized negative lies in comparison to that of  AdodeRGB.  If the current colorized negative is safely within the sRGB color gamut, then it is unlikely that converting to the AdobeRGB will make any major difference, the former being a subset of the latter.  You can check with soft-proofing in Photoshop with out-of-gamut option checked. That will show you if there are any part of the file that are outside of the sRGB gamut.   

The role of the printer makes it even more complicated.  If the file has any colors that are out-of -gamut of the printer/ink/paper profile, those colors are re-mapped according to the rendering intent selected before printing - perceptual, relative colorimetric etc.  This can also be simulated using the soft-proofing function in Photoshop.  

As far as whether you will find better blocking color using AdobeRGB, I think you can figure out only by doing side-by-side comparisons.  The most significant boost in the gamut for AdobeRGB is in the green region with the blue and red regions nearly the same as sRGB.  If your current blocking color is right at the edge of the green apex of the sRGB or beyond it, I would say there is a possibility that going to Adobe RGB might get you an added space of color to explore.  Once again the final say will be that of the printer whether or not those digital differences are translated into actual spectral change on the transparency. 

My general sense is the most important thing is to be consistent in using the same color space (as well as all the rest of the printing parameters) as the one that is used to arrive at the the optimum blocking color as well as the process correction curve.  You might get a secondary benefit by using lager color gamut, but of what magnitude is an open question.


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I do colorized negative with my silver printing. I also use SRGB color profile when I print. Is there any advantages to use Adobe RGB instead ? Would I find a better color to block the light using this profile ?
I use an Epson 2200.

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