The Fine Art
At home, he knows that his soft proofs will yield accurate prints from his Epson 2000P. Photoshop is not enough, he claims. "You need the monitor profile to show you exactly what you're printing." There are subtleties that soft proofs pick up, subtleties that may make Fuldner make minor adjustments to color or lightness or both. With the cost of archival paper being between two and three dollars each, he can't afford to take the risk of printing sheet after sheet. Fuldner also went through many ink cartridges before he successfully implemented color management into his workflow.
Printing a 19x13-inch image on his Epson 2000P can take as long as 30 minutes because Fuldner prints his images at a very high resolution. This means that printing two sheets to get it right takes more than an hour. "You want to make every minute count," he says. "Any time you can save time and money makes you feel a lot better about what you've achieved. You feel like you have mastered the digital process." Combined with the time and money saved, Fuldner feels that the money he has spent on color management has been well spent.