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COLOR MANAGEMENT

It is your full responsibility to ensure that the colors used in your file(s) are correct so it is necessary that you review your edited images with our printer profile and on a properly calibrated monitor to verify approximate desired color accuracy and consistency.

1. Calibrate Monitor & Check Monitor CALIBRATION if necessary

Follow the proper instructions for your calibration device. If you need to check your monitor calibration, follow the steps below.
  1. Request an AsukaBook paper sample, continue to the next step once you have received the sample
  2. Download our calibration JPEG file
  3. Open the JPEG file in Photoshop®
  4. Check to ensure the colors of image Photoshop matches the printed sample

2. Download printer color profile

3. Install Printer color Profile

MAC:
Copy the profile into the /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/Recommended folder.
Alternatively, copy profiles into the /Users/username/Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder.

PC:
Right-click the profile and select Install Profile.
Alternatively, copy the profiles into the WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\color folder (for Windows XP) or the WINNT\system32\spool\drivers\color folder (for Windows 2000)

4. SOFT PROOF IN PHOTOSHOP

Please follow the steps below to soft proof your layouts to view a close approximation to what the printed product will look like. Generally when proofing, it should be very similar to your original image and there should be limited noticeable change when you turn the profile on. Again, having a properly profiled monitor is key to a good color match.

  1. Open Photoshop and go to View > Proof Setup
  2. Select Custom
  3. In the Proof Setup window, Choose “ask_fvo_a.icc” from the Profile menu
  4. Choose “Perceptual” from the Intent menu
  5. Turn “Use Black Point Compensation” on and leave the other options off

    customize proof condition in Photoshop

  6. Go to View > Proof Colors to turn the option on and off. You may see slight color changes as your monitor is now simulating what our printing device is capable of reproducing.

    Typically, this change is very slight and acceptable. If this is the case, your all set to place your order. If the change is unacceptable, you can make color adjustments to your layouts with the Proof Colors still on as necessary.


You can save this setup so that each spread you design may be soft proofed using AsukaBook's color profile. In addition, this process is for soft proofing your images on screen only. DO NOT SAVE YOUR FILES WITH THE SOFT PROOF SETTING APPLIED. In other words, when saving the files, simply keep them in sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces.