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Answering the Call of the Wild

(March 2007) posted on Wed Mar 21, 2007

Prestige Graphics helps produce the Nature's Best Photography exhibit.

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By Kacey King

Most of his up-front work is done in RGB, explains McCall. "I use a very wide color space as my profile when I’m working in Photoshop. We do all our color correcting in RGB, save in RGB, send to the RIP, then let the RIP break it apart to send it to the Canon."

It wasn’t until he had brought the Canon iPF9000 printer inhouse, however, that he realized that it is essentially a 7-color printer. "In working with color consultant Dan Reid and RPImaging in Tucson, I discovered that everything in this printer except red, green, and blue will be treated like CMYK. So I had to be able to generate a seven-color profile." Already familiar with EFI’s Colorproof XF RIP, McCall purchased the optional color module for XF when he purchased the Canon because of its ability to generate the necessary profile. "Utilizing 7 colors gave me more color in certain images, so we were able to go from CMYK to RGB and work the color a little bit to produce a better image," he explains.

Printed proofs for the wide-format output were not necessary due to his careful color management up front, says McCall. "I have a monitor-to-print match that is very accurate. I printed out a color test form and put it under my GTI SOFV-1e light box, which was tuned to my monitor. If I liked what I saw, we went with it."

Final output included 50 24 x 36-in. pieces, 11 4 x 6-ft pieces, and pieces of various sizes ranging from 18 x 24 in. to 4 x 5 ft. McCall used Canon’s Bright White Premium Photo Satin as the substrate for all of the prints. "I decided on Satin because the face mount was going to be behind acrylic anyway, so why add any more gloss? I don’t know if that would’ve mattered once you add the optically clear adhesive, but I figured Satin was erring on the right side."

In addition, Prestige printed caption plaques that were 5 x 8 in. or 81/2 x 11 in. and mounted onto Alcan Composites’ Fomecor with a luster laminate over it. Each plaque told the story of how the photograph came to be, as well as provided a bio of the photographer and the photo’s title. In all, printing time for the project took 2 weeks.