Few topics are more mysterious than color management. But, given today’s digital workflows, color management responsibilities often fall to graphics professionals who haven’t had specialized training or yesterday’s lengthy apprenticeships. Mac OS X “Panther,” which builds strong color management features into the operating system, will help. A practical, real-world guide to OS X color management will help even more. Here it is: Apple Pro Training Series: Color Management in Mac OS X.
You’ll walk through a series of exercises on implementing color management hands-on. Author and color management consultant Joshua Weisberg first walks you through the creation of ICC profiles for a variety of imaging devices. You’ll configure Photoshop’s complicated Color Settings dialog box, then learn to import scanned and photographed images in color-managed environments.
Weisberg offers detailed guidance on color-managed softproofing and printing from Photoshop -- tasks that many users struggle with. He does much the same for QuarkXPress, demonstrating the creation and softproofing of documents with multiple, diverse color elements. Along the way, you’ll master optimal color workflow for photography, image capture, page layout, content creation, and desktop and press output. You’ll even learn how to prepare images for more accurate reproduction on the Web and in digital video.
All the sample files are on CD-ROM, plus trial licenses for two leading color management tools: GretagMacbeth’s ProfileMaker Pro and ColorEyes 20/20. While this book contains a special section on Panther’s new color management features, and the trialware assumes OS X 10.2.5+, every OS X graphic arts professional can benefit from it. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.