In a traditional publishing workflow, you print a hard proof of your document to preview how the document's colors will look when reproduced on a specific output device. In a color-managed workflow, you can use the precision of color profiles to soft-proof your document directly on the monitor—to display an on-screen preview of the document's colors as reproduced on a specified device. In addition, you can use your printer to produce a hard-proof version of this soft proof. (See "Using color management when printing" on page 478.) The following diagram shows how the source document profile, proof profile, and monitor profile are used to represent colors in a soft proof.
A. Document space B. Proof space C. Monitor space
Keep in mind that the reliability of the soft proof is highly dependent upon the quality of your monitor, your monitor and printer profiles, and the ambient lighting conditions of your work station. (See "Creating an ICC monitor profile" on page 117.)
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