Color Profiles

We recommend that you download the NPI Color Target and order a free Color Target Test Print via NEO Roes to check your monitor’s color. When you view this file on your system, the target print should match what you see if you are correctly calibrated.

Please download and install this output viewing profile when correcting prints 12×36 and below.

Right click the link below and choose “Save File” or “Save Target”

Additional ICC profiles coming soon.

How to Get a Color Match From Your Monitor to Our Print

When sending files to NEO Pro Imaging, it is important that each file has a valid ICC profile embedded. Without this profile, we have no way of knowing what colorspace your files are in. Most photographers use either sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998) as a working colorspace.

Follow these direction to properly setup your Photoshop Color Settings:

1. Open Photoshop
Mac OS X users – Go to Photoshop in the Menu Bar > Color Settings
Windows – Go to Edit in the Menu Bar > Color Settings

2. Select a Working Space for RGB Files. You should select either sRGB IEC61966-2.1 or Adobe RGB (1998). If you are unsure choose sRGB IEC61966-2.1.

3. Select “Convert to Working RGB” next to RGB under Color Management Policies.

4. Check ‘Ask When Opening’ and ‘Ask When Pasting’ next to Profile Mismatches.
Whenever you open a file saved and tagged in a color space other than your working space, Photoshop will prompt you to convert to the working color space. If you would rather have Photoshop do this automatically for every file, you can uncheck these boxes.

5. Uncheck ‘Ask When Opening’ next to Missing Profiles
Photoshop will assume every file not tagged with a color space is in your working space. When you save your files, make sure to check the ‘Embed Color Profile’ checkbox in the Save dialog box. Without this checked, we do not know the color space of your files, and you will have unpredictable color in your prints.

Monitor Calibration

Selecting the correct working space is only one important part of a color management system. You need to have a properly calibrated and profiled monitor to insure that the colors on your monitor match the colors in the prints you receive from NEO Pro Imaging. The easiest, most efficient and most accurate way to calibrate and profile your monitor is with a hardware monitor calibration device. This device attaches to the front of your monitor and reads color patches displayed by the software. Using these readings, the software removes any color cast from your screen, helps optimize the brightness/contrast/color output and creates a profile describing how your monitor displays color. Photoshop then uses this profile when displaying images to give you the most accurate color display possible. We strongly recommend the purchase of a hardware calibration device it is the primary way to get the best monitor to print match. You should set your target Whitepoint and Gamma curve to 6500k and Gamma 2.2. These, however, are only recommendations, you may find that your viewing environment has warmer lights, in which case you could experiment with a Whitepoint of 5000k. For critical color match, we recommend a dark room with the least amount of ambient light possible. Please allow your monitor to warm up for at least 30 minutes, and allow your eyes to adjust to this setting for at least 15 minutes.