There is a relatively unknown Soft Proofing mode in Lightroom that can work wonders for the color accuracy of your photos, once you understand where to find it and how to take advantage of what it can do.
You may have discovered Soft Proofing by inadvertently pressing the “S” key while editing a photo in Lightroom’s Develop Module. If so, you noticed a white border around your photo, and colors that looked really weird.
In the interesting tutorial below, photo editing expert Anthony Morganti explains everything you need to know about using this powerful hidden tool. In addition to the keyboard shortcut mentioned above, you can enter this mode by clicking “Soft Proof” in the toolbar. If this option is missing from your toolbar, fear not, because Morganti explains how to add it. Then you can turn it on or off as needed.
As Morganti explains, Soft Proofing Mode provides a way for you to see which colors in an image aren’t displaying correctly on your screen. It also alerts you that certain colors will not print correctly. Without this important information, you can imagine the futility of processing an image and expect perfect results.
Have you ever edited an image and shared it online, only to look at it on a mobile device and discover that the colors look different? This episode explains why and how Soft Proofing can avoid the problem.
Once in Soft Proofing mode, the colors in the histogram help analyze color accuracy. If certain colors are not displayed or printed correctly, you will notice warning colors in the image on your screen. As Morganti explains, this means that these colors are “out of chromatic gamut.”
Identifying the problem is only half the battle, and Morganti explains several options for fixing colors that fall off the gamut, so your photos will print and display predictably.
You can find more editing tips on Morganti’s YouTube channel and in another tutorial we recently posted that demonstrates a simple Lightroom approach to turning good sunrise photos into great ones.