Background: I did a PDF for a commercial printer and got a test proof print, which was OK. The final print product looked different, the colors where darker and more saturated. This difference was probably cause the proof might be digitally printed and only simulates the end profile, and the actual product is offset printed.
I’d like to troubleshoot is there a fault in my workflow or was there a mistake in the printers end that might explain this.
My indesign uses Fogra39 as working profile. The printer uses PSO coated V3. I didn’t change my working profile, but I did a new empty file and converted the profile of the file using “convert profile” command to PSO coated 3. After this did I did the layout. The instruction is to leave RGB pictures not converted. I exported the PDF using settings downloaded from the printer. In their output settings, there is no colour conversion and they include all profiles.
Doing the PDF like this, when you open it in Acrobat and inspect an object, it says the Blending colour space is PSO coated and picture profile is an RGB profile (depending on the pic, might be sRGB or adobe RGB). Preview with Acrobat through PSO is fine, but the actual printed document looked different (keeping in mind sceen/print differences of course).
Do you recognize any faults in the process? I have tried to contact the press to troubleshoot, but I haven’t gotten this sorted out yet.