I'm having a hard time getting accurate colors between calibration on my monitor; a Xerox C500 i'm using to proof, and the end result when sent to our production printer. I'm not sure exactly where my issue is:
- Color Settings: North America Prepress 2
- RGB: Adobe RGB 1998
- CMYK: US Web Coated SWPO v2
- Gray: Dot Gain 20%
- Spot: Dot Gain 20%
- Color Management: Preserve Embedded Profiles, Ask on mismatches
- Advanced: Blend text colors using gamma: 1.45
- Monitor is calibrated (X-Rite)
Proofing Printer (Xerox C500):
- Using latest Xerox postscript driver
- Have the printer ICC profile installed (Should i use printer profile or monitor profile?)
- When printing: "Allow printer to manage colors"
- The screen differs quite a bit from my proof on the C500, especially when dealing with blues that come up much more purple.
- If i send the same proof to our print shop, i get even more magenta and more purple when intended to have blue.
- Its also an issue printing people, as they appear more red then skin toned.
I understand there will be slight variation between my monitor, the printer, and our print shop, but these are way off to the point where i just have to manually back out magenta to get it look acceptable. I'm confused to where my problem actually lies?
- If i increase brightness +40 and back off the M channel i get skin tones that look somewhat natural when printed, but they look yellow/green on screen, and much brighter on screen versus printed.
- As a test, I created a new document used my Pantone color bridge to set some swatches to known CMYK values and printed. The printed colors come out accurate, leading me to believe it may be a problem with the entire set of images i'm working with?
- Assigning the ICC profile to the document does little to get it to render accurately