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Color Management in Digital Photography: Ten Easy Steps to True Colors in Photoshop

Overview

Color management is one of the essential elements, yet major stumbling blocks in digital photography. The vast majority of digital photographers really wish they didn't have to be concerned with color management, yet the basic process of moving images from capture to print becomes impractical without it. And the more sophisticated the photography workflow becomes, the more important it is to manage colors from capture to print.

In this book, Brad Hinkel simplifies the language ...

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Overview

Color management is one of the essential elements, yet major stumbling blocks in digital photography. The vast majority of digital photographers really wish they didn't have to be concerned with color management, yet the basic process of moving images from capture to print becomes impractical without it. And the more sophisticated the photography workflow becomes, the more important it is to manage colors from capture to print.

In this book, Brad Hinkel simplifies the language of color management. It is based on classes and workshops the author has given to hundreds of students of digital photography. His process for color management is intended to provide enough information to create a simple and effective system allowing the user to get on with photography - focus on creativity instead of technology. However, the fact that this book suggests a simple approach to color management does not mean it sacrifices quality and effectiveness. Simpler is usually better - if it works.

Hinkel simplifies the language of color management, based on classes and workshops the author has given to hundreds of students of digital photography. His process for color management is intended to provide enough information to create a simple and effective system allowing the user to focus on creativity instead of technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952024
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,035,947
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Ten Steps for Color Management     3
Choose a Color Space     4
Get a Good Monitor     4
Create a Good Work Environment     4
Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor     4
Get a Good Printer     4
Create Basic Prints     5
Test Your Color Management System     5
Create Advanced Prints     5
Obtain Profiles     5
Adjusting Colors for Advanced Printing     5
What is Color Management?     7
Select a Color Space     13
What is a Color Space?     14
Color Space Options     15
sRGB     15
Adobe RGB     16
sRGB vs. Adobe RGB     17
Some Other Color Spaces     19
ColorMatch RGB     19
ProPhoto RGB     19
eciRGB     20
scRGB     20
Configuring Your Color Space     21
Convert to sRGB     21
Get a Good Monitor     23
Selecting a Monitor     24
Some Specific Monitor Recommendations     27
Laptop Displays     30
Video Cards     31
Create a Good Work Environment     33
The Effect of Environment on Color     34
The Environment Matters     34
Room Lighting     35
Use a Monitor Hood     36
Set Your Computer's Desktop to Boring Gray     36
Remove Distracting Colors from Your Environment     38
Proofing Light     38
Profile Your Monitor     41
Tools for Monitor Calibration and Profiling     42
Monaco OPTIX & Monaco EZcolor     42
Gretag MacBeth Eye-One     42
ColorEyes Display     42
Calibration     43
Profiling     44
Get a Good Printer     45
Categories of Printer Choices     47
Inexpensive Photo Printers     47
Printing Online with a Photo Lab     48
HP Photosmart Printers     51
Epson UltraChrome Printers     52
Epson K3 Printers     53
Basic Printing     55
Main Elements of Good Printing     56
Using the Printer Driver     57
Use the Printer as it was Designed     57
A look at the Printer Driver     57
Basic Printing     58
Mac Print Dialog      60
Windows Print Dialog     60
Online Printing Services     61
A Color Management Workflow     63
A Basic Workflow     63
Capture using your Working Color Space     63
Converting RAW Files     64
Opening Your Images in Photoshop     66
Identifying the Color Space of Images in Photoshop     67
Convert to sRGB     68
Printing Options from within Photoshop     68
Test Your Color System     71
The Color Test Image     72
Visual Evaluation     73
Compare a Printed Test Image to the Monitor     74
Compare the Printed Test Image to a Print You Make     75
Advanced Printing     77
Outline for Advanced Printing     78
Setup the Soft Proof     78
Resolving Changes to Colors due to the Soft Proof     79
Printing with Profiles     79
Mac Print Dialog     79
Windows Print Dialog     80
On Rendering Intents     81
The Basic Problem - Gamut Mapping     81
Gamut Compression     82
Gamut Clipping     83
The Rendering Intents     83
Perceptual Rendering Intent (Photographic)     84
Relative Colorimetric Rendering Intent (Graphic)     85
The Other Rendering Intents     86
Obtaining Profiles     87
Manufacturer's Profiles     88
Custom Profiles     88
Making your Own Printer Profiles     89
Installing Profiles     89
Profile Names     90
Adjusting Your Color for Printing     91
Soft Proofing     92
Fixing Color Shifts     94
Paper Color     94
Color Cast in the Profile     97
Resolving Out-of-Gamut Colors     98
Inspection     98
Change Rendering Intent     99
Reduce Saturation     100
Color Mapping with Change Color     101
Index     105
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