Setting Up the Viewer for Onscreen Proofing

Images displayed on your computer screen may look different when displayed on computer screens that use different color technologies. Your images may also reproduce differently in print depending on the type of printer, the paper used, and the color profile of the printing device.

To see what an image will look like when you print it or view it on a different display, you can have Aperture adjust your display so that your images resemble the final results. To adjust your computer display, you choose a proofing profile that matches, as closely as possible, the characteristics of the final output device. For example, if your image will be printed on sheet-fed coated paper, you can choose a proofing profile for sheet-fed coated paper to see a close approximation of what the printed image might look like. Aperture provides several dozen profiles that match the characteristics of many printers, display devices, and color spaces.

After choosing a proofing profile that matches the final output of the image, you turn on the onscreen proofing feature, and the image changes to show the expected results.

Onscreen proofing alters the look of images in the Viewer and in Full Screen view.

To choose a proofing profile
  • Choose View > Proofing Profile, then choose the profile you want from the submenu.

To turn onscreen proofing on or off
  • Choose View > Onscreen Proofing (or press Shift-Option-P).

Note: After setting up onscreen proofing, make sure to set your image export preset to match the eventual output of the image. Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export, then, in the Image Export dialog, choose the profile you want from the ColorSync Profile pop-up menu. For more information about exporting images, see Exporting Your Images.