The Photographer's Guide to Color Management: Professional Techniques for Consistent Results

The Photographer's Guide to Color Management: Professional Techniques for Consistent Results

by Phil Nelson
     
 

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Today's digital photography workflow includes multiple devices-cameras, scanners, monitors, software, printers, and more-that can all perceive, display, or render the same color differently. As a result, it is not uncommon for photographers to fall into the trap of altering what looks great on screen in order to produce a good print. This can lead to printing, image… See more details below

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Today's digital photography workflow includes multiple devices-cameras, scanners, monitors, software, printers, and more-that can all perceive, display, or render the same color differently. As a result, it is not uncommon for photographers to fall into the trap of altering what looks great on screen in order to produce a good print. This can lead to printing, image editing, printing again, editing again, etc.-until the print looks right. This is a huge waste of time, not to mention a waste of ink and paper.

Even if you are seeing a close match between display and printout in your immediate work environment, what happens when you hand your file to your client for display on their computer? Or to a service provider that might be making prints for you? What is the guarantee that what your client sees will be what you see on your computer screen? How are you going to ensure that your print service is going to be able to deliver prints that will match your colors? Color-management processes are utilized to eliminate these kinds of problems and to provide consistent, predictable results as a photograph moves through the workflow, meeting the expectations of the photographer and everyone else involved in the process.

Features: Understanding the importance of an extended color-management workflow when working with clients and service providers, Mastering basic color-management concepts, like color models, color spaces, and color gamuts, Choosing the hardware and software needed to establish a color-managed workflow, Establishing system-level and application-level color-management protocols, Understanding ICC profiles-where to get them (or how to create them), where they live on yourcomputer, and how to use them, Creating input profiles for your digital camera and scanner, Calibrating and profiling your computer display, including tips for testing your results, Techniques for outputting images for process printing, the Internet, or inkjet printers, Using soft- and hard-proofing to quickly check the accuracy of your work and avoid costly color problems, Establishing an optimal work environment for color-critical imaging tasks, Tips for avoiding common color-management pitfalls and for working with clients who are not color-management savvy.

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PCPhoto
Learn how to maintain consistent color management of your images throughout workflow on multiple devices-including cameras, scanners, monitors, software, printers and more.

SciTech Book News
Illustrated text walks the reader through color-management concepts, software setup, and how to build and work through a color-managed workflow.
From the Publisher

"Learn how to maintain consistent color management of your images throughout workflow on multiple devices—including cameras, scanners, monitors, software, printers and more."  —PCPhoto

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584283676
Publisher:
Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
9 MB

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