Shadow detail loss on press....
J Walton <jw@...>
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Here's what I think. Just be aware that Dan will comment later and
completely contradict my reasoning, so if you have to choose between the two
of us pick his comments. He'll pay for the next run if it's wrong. ;-)
1. I agree that the black limit is too high, but without seeing the image
it's awfully hard to say. In the context of the heavy coverage surrounding
the face, a higher-than normal Black limit will kill subtle detail.
2. In terms of photoshop, too much UCR won't really put too much detail on
the black plate. It is like a light-medium GCR, definitely a skeleton
black. I don't really see that as the problem either, although I'd rather
have a longer black in this case if I didn't trust the pressman.
It seems to me that the press is gaining a lot more than you expected. One
reason for this is that they are laying a pretty solid black down in that
background, and this dark dark color (65/52/51/100) "makes up most of the
background," as you mention below.
It's difficult to account for a rogue pressman who really opens the
floodgates on a piece, and that may be what you have. "Lots of ink and lots
of squeeze," as they say. They like it because you won't get as many
hickeys on that heavy coverage piece, but it also kills detail.
I would do this:
Reseparate with a long black and do a nice midtone pull. Then, depending on
whether or not the 65/52/51/100 has any detail or not, I'd make sure and
open that area up. If it is indeed supposed to be a flat tint, you should
definitely consider another midtone pull in the black channel only.
Now, let's give this a few more hours and Dan can show everybody what you
_really_ should do.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Murphy" <email@example.com>
To: "Color theory" <ColorTheory@listbot.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:02 PM
Subject: [ColorTheory] shadow detail loss on press, but not on proof
I have a question. A close-up shot of a black person on a proof shows up