One other thing that is very important to consider when reviewing prints and editing is the external ambient lighting in the room. When editing it’s important to keep ambient light levels to a minimum, otherwise the reflections can cause blacks and colors to look faded.
When reviewing prints it’s important to consider two sources of light, the light you are viewing the print in and the light that your customer will be viewing it in. For the sake of standardization in your workflow, it’s really best to choose a standardized light source for viewing your prints. You will want to choose lighting that has a CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 90 or above and for your proofing area don’t have any bright paint colors near the print or light source. A recommended paint for this area is GTI’s Standard Gray Neutral 8. This paint is drab and boring, but it is the most neutral gray paint on the market.