Many people email me privately and publicly about how Piezography “does not match my screen” and then I have to patiently walk them through the linear workflow and how to soft-proof one’s print to make the screen match the high-fidelity linear “scientific” printing process of Piezography. After some effort and work, everyone is satisfied and they see the wisdom and the reason for such highly sensitive shadow rendering and controls even though it means a bit more imaging work.
BUT, there is always the alternative approach and this is to print with an ICC in combo with your normal Piezography curves that everyone is used to.
The normal approach is the print from Print Tool set to “No Color Management”. This will result in linear tonality that will most-likely print flatter than one’s contrasty screen unless you soft-proof properly in Photoshop. If you want the quick and easy way (you may lose a tiny bit of shadow detail) and want to print from photoshop or lightroom and you DON’T want to soft-proof and fiddle with your images you can use these ICC profiles below. After installing them into >Library>ColorSync>Profiles you can use “Application Manages Color” at print-time and select the profile. These profiles will work either with rendering intent set to “perceptual” or “relative colorimetric with bpc”. Every other part of the workflow is the same, choose the same curve(s), etc. If you are printing an image that you’ve already worked on for the “linear” approach it won’t work. You’ll want to go back and turn soft-proofing off and just make the image look good onscreen. These ICCs will attempt to match your screen contrast in the print instead of the opposite (piezography way) where you soft-proof your screen to match the print’s linear environment.
Use with all HighGloss papers (Epson Ultra Premium Glossy, etc):
Piezography-HighGloss.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use with all SemiGloss papers (Hahnemuhle Pearl, etc:
Piezography-LusterGloss.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use when printing to Coated Matte papers (Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, etc):
Piezography-Matte-Coated.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use when printing to Uncoated Matte papers (awagami Bizan, etc):
Piezography-Matte-Uncoated.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use when printing with Platinum/Palladium/Kallitype/Cyanotype/etc:
PiezoDN-PtPd.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use when printing with Gravure:
PiezoDN-Gravure.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
Use when printing with Silver:
PiezoDN-Silver.icc.zip (1.9 MB)
A big note: These ICCs do not (in and of themselves) make your printing magically better. These profiles assume that you have a calibrated and linearized workflow already in place. They are simply there to tweak the output contrast of your print to match the higher contrast of your monitor (just like normal ICCs do with color inkjet printing). These profiles are distributed AS IS, no warranty, etc. At some point I will put them in the Piezography Community Edition.
Another Note: These ICCs were created with a workflow and method that is new and not the same as the QTR-Create-ICC method. They work a bit better IMO and (importantly) allow for Relative Colorimetric BPC printing which the QTR-ICC profiles do not.
One last note: Use these profiles with Grayscale Images!
best and cheers,