Soft proofing made difficult
Submitted by Alberto Ferrante
Lately I have started using the color management interface in the "view" menu (since the related view filter was removed) and I would like to provide some comments that might help in improving the interface.
Usually, when one does soft-proofing, he considers two images, one with soft-proofing enabled and one not. On the soft-proofed image, one may want to try applying different print profiles and different rendering intents. With the current interface, this requires the following steps:
- view -> color management -> proof colors
- view -> color management -> soft-proofing profile Then, to try different rendering intents:
- view -> color management ->
<choose an intent>
Additionally, there is no visual indicator on what option is enabled in the main GIMP window (i.e., to check the options, you need to go into "view->color management->..." and check) and, when you close an image, the profile set is forgotten (i.e., if you want to profile another image with the same print profile, you need to set it again from scratch). You may easily understand that all of this is pretty inefficient.
My suggestion is to have a dialog that groups all the soft proofing options (as it was in the view filter, after all, even though it was far from perfect). Additionally, it would be nice to have some indicators on whether the view is a soft-proof view, with which profile and with which intent. The bottom bar would do, but even a new option tab would work.
Version: git master