I think this video in the threads initial post is very good in many ways as it really explains how complex this Color Management System has become in version 6.8 as we now might use, even it it for sure doesn´t cover it all.
Working Color Spaces, Color Rendering adds to the complexity when developing our images but also gives some more possibilities and Soft Proofing adds more control than before for people who like to have better control than before when printing. We have for sure got a whole bunch of very useful tools to fine tune our prints BUT still I think it leaves quite a few questions I have unanswered really.
When it comes to developing images we also have more options than before to export in several more gamuts than sRGB and Adobe RGB and I have started to test even P3 as a printing gamut. Who finds it useful really to develop images in ProPhoto … in Photolab when at least my new Benq-monitor just manages sRGB, Adobe RGB and P3 that can be useful for me? … and DXO Wide gamut as a “working color space” is quite smaller than ProPhoto, so how can DXP Wide Gamut really “cover” ProPhoto when exporting images out from Photolab??
One of the most important things for me is to have sync between what my monitor displays and what I print. After quite a lot of testing I have also to my great surprise found that it is how I have configured my monitor, that determines what comes out of Photolab “Print”. I have found that when my monitor is set in sRGB Photolab Print will print all files in sRGB regardless of the embedded ICC in the files. In that case not just an sRGB-file will print in sRGB but even files with ProPhoto-, P3- or Adobe RGB-ICC profiles too. I have tested this extensively with cases where the monitor has been set to both Adobe RGB and P3. Is the monitor set in P3 every file will be printed in P3 regardless of their embedded ICC-profiles when Print in Photolab is set to “Managed by DXO Photolab” and the color management is turned off in my printerdriver for Epson P900 as I use.
From what I have seen the only way to get the Print-module in Photolab to print the files in the gamut that the embedded ICC-states are to set Photolab Print-module to “Manged by Pinter” and then set the Color Management in the printer driver to ICM (“Image Color Management”, which is Windows color management system.
I also reacted on the video when he talked about the default renderings for Wide Gamut and Classic. When in Wide Gamut mode he said the default was “Neutral Color” and in Wide there was only one different possible choice in “Generic” and that was “DxO camera profile…” for the camera the image was shot in and for me, I must say that feels like my most preferable choice and that goes for both Wide och Classic. DXO puts as high importance in their profiling that they even lock us completely out of using Photolab when using any other profile than the one tailormade for our cameras RAW-file. If there is not a profile for the files from a new camera model in Photolab, PL won´t open them at all.
BUT, watching this video 7:45 into the video, the speaker also point out that you don´t need to care at all about the defaults or even about using this very important camera-profile just developed for just your type of camera. So, a Sony-user like myself might as well use the profiles for a Canon or even a Fuji-body instead!! Why then bother stopping us from opening our files that might not have a valid DXO profile yet when trying to open them when we can use any profile at all present in the application under “Cathegory” “Camera Body” or any other preset from “Filmpack” which will also be available as a “rendering”?? I just can´t understand the reasons for such severe limitations of Photolab’s usability.
These are the most important things that bothers me with the color managemant for screen and print for the moment. The good thing though is that after starting to use my new monitor and testing how this really works, I have got a lot more knowledge so I know very well now how to handle these problems, but especially one thing is important to know and that is how the monitor setting affects the printing in Photolab´s Print-module. Of that reason I think even Photolab have to get a function that helps us checking the ICC of the files we are about to print in a quick and efficient way - as in Epson Print Layout-printing program, where you just need a “mouse over” over an image to get the ICC displayed. Today, I think many users don´t have any idea of how the monitor settings might affect their printing. The time when we could expect just sRGB or Adobe RGB in the files are history now. Many people use P3 today for displays and some like me also have substituted Adobe RGB for P3 even for prints. I guess most users still expects the color management system in Photolab to use the embedded ICC-profile in the files when printing instead of the active monitor settings for the monitor.