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Every graphics professional worth his or her salt knows the importance of color management. No matter how much thought artist and client put into the color scheme for a given project, all of that work is for naught if you can't get your results to match your expectations. Enter Real World Color Management, Second Edition. In this thoroughly updated under-the-hood reference, authors Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, and Fred Bunting draw on their years of professional experience to show you everything you need to know about color management. Whether your final destination is print, Web, or film, Real World Color Management, Second Edition takes the mystery out of color management, covering everything from color theory and color models to understanding how devices interpret and display color. You'll find expert advice for building and fine-tuning color profiles for input and output devices (digital cameras and scanners, displays, printers, and more), selecting the right color management workflow, and managing color within and across major design applications. Get Real World Color Management, Second Edition--and get ready to dazzle!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321267221
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2004
  • Series: Real World
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fraser is an internationally known authority on digital imaging and color reproduction. In addition to speaking and consulting on these topics, he is the co-author of Real World Color Management, the definitive guide to color management systems, and a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and Fred Bunting is a writer, illustrator, and speaker on the topics of color theory, color management, and digital imaging, and is the author of the acclaimed Colortron color primer. He is also the co-author of Real World Color Management. Chris Murphy is president of Color Remedies, specializing in worldwide training and consulting in emerging color technologies. He is also the co-author of Real World Color Management.

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Table of Contents

Preface : the color management conundrum
Ch. 1 What is color? : reflections on life 3
Ch. 2 Computers and color : color by the numbers 51
Ch. 3 Color management : how it works 79
Ch. 4 All about profiles : describing devices 99
Ch. 5 Measurement, calibration, and process control : "the map is not the territory" 113
Ch. 6 Building display profiles : your window to color 125
Ch. 7 Building input profiles : starting out right 147
Ch. 8 Building output profiles : final destinations 163
Ch. 9 Evaluating and editing profiles : color orienteering 209
Ch. 10 Color management workflow : where the rubber meets the road 271
Ch. 11 Color management in the operating system : who does what to whom, when? 305
Ch. 12 The Adobe common color architecture : color management in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator 341
Ch. 13 Color management in Macromedia FreeHand 10 and 11 : capable but quirky 381
Ch. 14 Color management in CorelDRAW 10 : it manages everything but its own files 393
Ch. 15 Color management in QuarkXPress : incremental improvements 405
Ch. 16 Color management and PDF : the wave of the future 423
Ch. 17 Automation and scripting : the smart way to be lazy 457
Ch. 18 Building color-managed workflows : bringing it all together 483
App. A Profile anatomy 511
App. B Workflow templates 523
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    color management was a little over my head

    I am really trying to get my computer and printer color calibrated and I am very interested in this subject. This book is like a textbook and is very in depth on the subject. It is probably very good for a professional but it was a little over my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    focus on colour profiles

    [A review of the SECOND EDITION, 2004.] For graphics designers, the book aims to demystify how to use colouring in your work. The authors give a thorough elucidation of what they term 'colour management'. Starting with the basics of a source of illumination, an object being viewed, and an observer, which could be a person or instrument. Don't worry about the underlying physics. The book goes briefly through just enough for your needs. (No equations!) The key idea is the colour profile and the Profile Connection Space. As you might expect, the colour example diagrams used to help show this idea are carefully chosen. Many chapters delve into the various profile topics. Like making input profiles, editing these and using them in your workflow. One interesting photo, to me, was of various HAND-HELD spectrophotometers. The ones I used in the 80s were hulking giants, some 1-2m on a side, and atop sturdy lab benches. Now you can hold the latest in your hand! Wow. The book talks about digital cameras as a common input device, as you might expect, given their popularity. Sadly, no mention of Foveon's unique camera. Which does not use CCDs, but has another innovative method with very high resolution. This camera is still new and expensive. But it may soon define the best in digital cameras.

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