John Culleton wrote:

I recognize that Gimp is web-centric, and that enhanced prepress capabilities are somewhere in the future. However some of us do use Gimp for images ending up on the printed page. And critics of Gimp and Open Source software in general jump on prepress issues as a point of criticism.

In addition to CMYK the issue of ICC color profiles has been raised. Photoshop offers several profiles for e.g., coated paper, uncoated paper and so on. It is clumsy to develop in Gimp, and then transfer to Photoshop just for profiling. What are the prospects of doing something in this area? Is any of it on the agenda?

Someone would have to develop the profiles. The way Photoshop does it is by buying printers and doing test prints and gathering colorimetric data. The GIMP developers are short on people who have access to colorimetry labs, not to mention lots of printers.

A lot of the processes that go into prepress are tied up in patent and trade secret law. Getting those processes into the GIMP will be no easy task.


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