Why do my images and color look different in BookWright?

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Are you noticing some differences in the appearance or color of your images once you’ve loaded them into BookWright? You’re not imagining things. BookWright has two features–automatic image enhancement and soft-proofing–which approximate what your images will look like when they’re printed. 

1. Automatic image enhancement

BookWright uses a feature called "Auto-Enhance" to optimize your images for the best possible print results. When you enable the Auto-Enhance feature you'll see an immediate preview– for example, your images might look a brighter compared to the original. You can read more details in this article about Auto-Enhance.

2. Soft proofing 

  • BookWright's soft proofing function helps you predict what the printed book will look like. (In brief, not every color can be reproduced in print. For most people this is not a problem as the vast majority of the most common colors will print just fine).
  • However, some colors– mainly heavily saturated colors such as bright pink or neon green– can't be reproduced in print. These are known as out of gamut colors.
  • Out of gamut colors will be converted to the closest printable color. Using the Show soft proof feature in BookWright helps you anticipate those changes by approximating how out of gamut colors will look in the final printed book.
  • On a Mac: if you’d like to turn this feature on or off, select BookWright > Preferences, then click Show Soft Proof and click Apply.         
  • On a PC: if you’d like to turn this feature on or off, select Help > Preferences, then click Show Soft Proof and click Apply.         
  • Soft proofing will also apply to background colors in BookWright.
  • Due to variations in monitor calibration and other factors, even with soft proofing turned on your printed book may not exactly match what you see on screen. But it's still useful to preview any shifts in heavily saturated colors. 

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