Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management / Edition 2

Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management / Edition 2

by Tim Grey
     
 

"Color Confidence is one book that no photographer, especially me, can afford to be without!"
—Art Morris, Photographer www.birdsasart.com

Now includes RIPs and the latest calibrators!

Managing color photography in the digital age is tricky. Is it possible to get predictable color without bogging down in technology?

In this new edition of

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Overview

"Color Confidence is one book that no photographer, especially me, can afford to be without!"
—Art Morris, Photographer www.birdsasart.com

Now includes RIPs and the latest calibrators!

Managing color photography in the digital age is tricky. Is it possible to get predictable color without bogging down in technology?

In this new edition of the very first practical guide to color management, digital imaging expert Tim Grey gives a resounding "yes" and provides the crucial information you need to get the color you want, every time. Clearly explaining color management workflow, he distills the process for the real world—from capture to output.

You'll find out how to quickly get predictable color results across all devices—from cameras, monitors, and printers, to scanners and raster image processors (RIPs). Updated with new information on Photoshop®, RIP technology, and calibration, this results-oriented book is a must for all serious photographers.

Inside, you'll discover how to:

  • Calibrate your monitor quickly and accurately
  • Configure Color Settings in Photoshop for the output you need
  • Scan for best results, starting with choosing the right scanner
  • Use a RIP for faster quality printing
  • Select the proper color working space—RGB, CMYK, spot color, or others
  • Manage your digital camera capture with presets and custom profiles
  • Adjust color levels, curves, and hue
  • Solve the magenta problem and other saturation issues
  • Set up custom, canned, or generic printer profiles
  • Produce color-accurate images for printers, the Web, e-mail, and slideshows
  • Understand color workflows—Scan-to-Print, Digital Camera-to-Print, and more

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471786160
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/10/2006
Series:
Tim Grey Guides
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxv
Chapter 1Foundations1
The Nature of Light2
Light in Photography5
The Nature of Color6
Perceived Color7
The Color Wheel7
Color Models9
Metamerism12
Color Profiles14
Rendering Intents16
Introducing Color Management19
Limitations of Color Management20
Chapter 2Photoshop Setup23
Color Settings24
Saving and Loading Color Settings25
Advanced Mode27
Working Spaces28
Color Management Policies31
Conversion Options34
Advanced Controls36
Warnings37
Gamut Warning Preferences37
Embedded Profile Mismatch38
Paste Profile Mismatch39
Missing Profile40
Embedded Profile Mismatch Alert41
Assigning and Converting Profiles42
Assign Profile42
Convert to Profile42
Chapter 3Display45
Choosing a Monitor46
CRT or LCD?47
Choosing a CRT Monitor51
Choosing an LCD Monitor54
Choosing a Display Adapter57
Calibrating and Profiling Your Monitor59
Target Values59
Preparing to Profile60
Tools for Calibrating and Characterizing61
Evaluation76
Frequency77
Display Conditions77
Chapter 4Scanning81
Choosing a Scanner82
Flatbed versus Film Scanner82
Resolution84
Dynamic Range85
Bit-Depth87
Software Issues89
Approaches to Scanning89
Information Method89
Accuracy Method93
Scanner Profiles95
MonacoEZcolor95
Gretag Macbeth Eye-One Publish98
Assigning a Scanner Profile102
Evaluating Scans104
Chapter 5Digital Capture107
Digital Cameras108
Features to Look For109
Basic Camera Settings113
Managing Digital Camera Color116
White Balance Presets116
Custom White Balance117
Custom Camera Profiles119
Automating Profile Assignments in Photoshop124
RAW Capture and Conversion125
Working Space Issues134
Tagged Images134
Untagged Images134
Chapter 6Optimization137
Evaluating Images138
Memory Colors138
Saturation Testing139
Making Color Adjustments141
Color Balance142
Color Balance with Levels144
Color Balance with Curves146
Neutral by the Numbers148
Selective Color151
Hue/Saturation152
Targeted Adjustments155
Color-Adjusting Black-and-White Images157
Convert with Channel Mixer158
Colorize for Print160
Saving the File161
File Formats162
Embedded Profiles166
Chapter 7Output169
Choosing a Printer170
Printer Profiles172
Building Custom Printer Profiles174
Using "Canned" Printer Profiles183
Using Generic Profiles184
Choosing a Rendering Intent184
Preparing Images185
Soft Proofing186
Gamut Warning189
Adjusting Images192
Print Preparation194
Print Setup203
Print with Preview203
Printer Properties205
Evaluating Prints207
Environment208
Standard Print Target209
When Prints Don't Match210
CMYK Output213
RGB with Proof Print213
Converting to CMYK215
Web, E-mail, and Digital Slideshows218
Resize the Image219
Convert to sRGB221
Save the Image223
Digital Projector Profiling224
Chapter 8Workflow227
Predictable Output228
The Pre-Workflow Checklist229
Process-Specific Workflows230
Scan-to-Print Workflow231
Digital Capture to Print Workflow233
Web, E-mail, and Digital Projection Workflow236
CMYK Output Workflow237
Glossary240
Index246

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