Hi guys, long time stalker, first time poster.
I’ll get straight to it >
I’ve been working on C4D for over 5 years now, but recently tried rendering my artworks to be printed on large format.
However I’ve run into problems with the general colour space / Adobe 1998 / ICC profiles / Gamut etc.
I’ve been told C4D renders to no Gamut therefore there is no way to match for print except by eye. Can anyone confirm this? The colours in Photoshop that I’m having the biggest problem are the ones that go out of gamut and set off the gamut warning.
When I chuck my printers ICC profile to soft proof the image in photoshop (I do some touch ups in PS before exporting as a .tif for printing), the colours get washed out and even when I try everything and anything (adjustment layers, curves etc) it just doesn’t seem like what I see on screen. This was confirmed when I did a test print and it came out horrible.
I’ve been rendering everything super high res (300DPI - close to 10,000px in width and height) and printing to exact size as to not loose any resolution or quality.
My printer told me Adobe RGB 1998 is the industry standard for large format printing and that CMYK files are mainly used to pre-press proof files for offset printing (his words).
By doing some research I realised the first step was to get a proper monitor (Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q) and a screen calibrator (X-Rite i1Display Pro Colorimeter), but does anyone have any tips on this process? Everything I’ve found on the net is from 2010 and quite out dated. I’ve been creating artworks specifically for printing but I’m worried that everything I’ve been rendering is going to go to waste as when the colours wash out they don’t look as good.
I’ve uploaded a screen by screen comparison of the C4D rendered image in the native linear color space it rendered in, and on the right hand side when applying the ICC printing profile. See how the colours are washed out?
Hopefully finding some answers here will help my sleepless nights.