Some images we are sent print onto fabric with brightness and intensity. Other images are far more subtle/subdued. Sometimes people ask us why their printed fabric is not as intense as what they saw on their computer screen (hopefully our colour school has already addressed that issue for you).
Some fabric printers automatically adjust the intensity and/or darkness of images before printing onto fabric. However, at Lacuna Press we do not do that, because we believe it is up to the designer to make every design choice. This gives you a wider range of design options.
Colour is commonly understood as having 3 dimensions: Hue, Chroma and Value.
The following presets are available from the "Preset" drop down in the Properties Window:
Have a go with these presets, first, to see what sort of effects are possible by changing the colour properties.
Alternatively, you can adjust the 3 different colour properties using the sliders. By default, when you do this, it will affect all colour values in your image. However, if you click on the drop-down that says Master, you can select different colour portions of your images. The options for colour selection are:
When you have selected the set of colours that you want to change, move the sliders to change the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness settings for that group.
Once you have set up your custom soft-proofing settings, you can go on to check which of the colours within your image are not available in your selected printer colour profile, i.e., which of your selected colours the printer will not be able to print accurately. To do this, in Photoshop select View, Gamut Warning from the menu. Any colours that are outside of your selected colour profile will turn grey. Select View, Gamut Warning again if you want to turn the warning off.
The reds seem to be affected in my image. To adjust them, I will: