Thursday, February 10, 2011

Colour Correction for Photo Book - Part 1 of 2

Just as many photographers, we offer our clients photo enlargements with different mounting and framing options, flush mount albums, press-printed photo books and cards, etc. Before we can sell a product, we need to put together a sample to show our potential customers. Last December, we ordered a press-printed photo book from a new supplier. When we first received the book, everything looks good. High quality printing on premium coated paper. Sturdy binding. Great finishing on the hard cover. We were satisfied and felt that the quality is good enough to offer our clients.

As some of you may have experienced, what you see on the computer screen may not be the same as what you get from the print out. A few days later, when we compared the physical book with the digital files side by side, shockingly we found that certain colours are unacceptably off. Skin colour is way too "red" with a tint of yellow.



The first thing I did was to contact the supplier regarding the issue. Fortunately, they gave us a positive attitude on the situation (unlike a few other suppliers we came across). Long story short, they allowed us to test print a couple of pages after I adjusted the colours. So I did my best in photoshop and changed the colours which should approximately "counter-act" the colour shift from the print out.


Hopefully, the final result will be more close to the original.

Fingers crossed, Gary.


  1. You may want to switch it to ARGB(Adobe RGB) for prints. Preview it in CMYK may help also. But ask the print shop which colour space are they using.

    Printing is a huge headache. Especially most of us are using LCD monitors the contract value are so high. CRT are usually better in contrast but the colour calabration will always wrong. -_- It reminds me in those graphic design days ~ Darn it. Why can't I get in Sherridan!

  2. This print shop only supports sRGB. And we did preview it in CMYK. We should receive the test prints from them today and we will see how well the "counter-act" adjustment turns out.