Hi, we are trying to get our entire workflow more streamlined in regards to color management, but are not quite there yet. So I have a couple questions to help make sure I'm going about it correctly and efficiently.
In the past, we almost always created documents in InDesign using the default workspace - US Web Coated SWOP v2. And images were usually converted to this as well.
We have begun to try to keep images as RGB now while editing/retouching, then converting a flattened version, after packaging, to the printer's supplied ICC profile. But still trying to figure out how best to deal with the InDesign file (which of course has the images placed in it). We send everything as InDesign files w/ fonts & links.
- So InDesign files have always just used the default working space. Should I convert to the printer's ICC profile before sending out for proofing?
- With the colors we've picked on this particular job, we've tried to limit it to 2 or 3 channels only (C+M, C+Y, C+M+K, etc.). When converting, these values get changed obviously, and usually add a touch of other channel colors. Would I have to then edit those colors again to make them more 'pure'?
- Would it be better to change the default InDesign working space to the end printer's ICC profile when first starting the project? What if we don't know who it will be going to until later on?
- Is there a way to convert the placed images as well upon packaging the job, or will we always have to go into Photoshop and do this manually on each image? Efficient workflow here?
Any other tips or resources would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm starting to understand the CM process on images in Photoshop, but these usually come to me with some sort of profile. So I'm just converting. Just trying to understand the difference when generating colors and objects from scratch, not 'converting', as you usually do in InDesign.