Real World Color Management: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques / Edition 2

Real World Color Management: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques / Edition 2

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Real World Color Management: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques / Edition 2

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321267221
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 09/17/2004
Series: Real World
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.03(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Overview: The Big Picturev
Contents: What's Insidevii
Preface: The Color management Conundrumxix
Why Did We Do This?xx
Understanding the Big Picturexx
Sweating the Detailsxxi
Making It Flowxxi
Why Did We Think We Could Do This?xxii
How the Book Is Organizedxxii
Thank You!xxiv
Contacts and Resourcesxxvi
Part IIntroduction to Color Management1
Chapter 1What Is Color? Reflections on Life3
Where Is Color?4
Light and the Color Event6
The Object and the Color Event12
The Color of White13
The Observer and the Color Event16
What's a Logarithm, and Why Should I Care?33
Measuring Color37
Where the Models Fail45
Lessons for Color Management50
Chapter 2Computers and Color: Color by the Numbers51
Color by the Numbers52
Why CMYK?53
Pixels, Dots, and Dithers56
How the Numbers Work59
Color Definitions and Colors63
Why the Numbers Vary63
Device-Specific Color Models67
Device-Independent Color Models69
LAB Limitations71
Alphabet Soup72
Mismatching-the Limits of the Possible72
Color is Complex78
Chapter 3Color Management: How It Works79
The Genesis of Color Management81
The WYSIWYG Myth83
The Components of Color Management83
The ICC-Some Historical Perspective85
What Does CMM Stand For?86
Why Do We Need CMMs At All?87
Color Management in Action93
Conversions and Data Loss97
Color Management Is Simple98
Chapter 4All About Profiles: Describing Devices99
What Are Device Profiles?99
Matrix-Based vs. Table-Based ICC Profiles103
Profile Limitations107
Using Profiles-Source and Destination108
Generic Profiles108
Color Space Profiles109
Good Profiles110
Part IIBuilding and Tuning Profiles111
Chapter 5Measurement, Calibration, and Process Control: "The Map Is Not the Territory"113
Keeping Track of Device Drift114
The Multiple Roles of Measurement119
Working Outside the System123
Chapter 6Building Display Profiles: Your Window to Color125
Display Calibration126
Calibration and Profiling Tools128
Muddying the Waters129
Choosing Calibration Settings133
Before Calibration136
Precalibration-Setting the Analog Controls138
Calibration and Profiling144
Saving the Monitor Profile144
Visual Calibration145
Piece of Cake146
Chapter 7Building Input Profiles: Starting Out Right147
Input Profile Basics148
Building Scanner Profiles153
Building Digital Camera Profiles157
Starting Out Right161
Chapter 8Building Output Profiles: Final Destinations163
Measuring Instruments165
Profiling Packages171
Profile Creation173
Getting Good Data182
Opening and Printing the Target182
Profiling RGB Inkjet Printers184
Comparing Colors186
Profiling True RGB Printers191
Profiling Three-Color Dye-Sub Printers192
Profiling Composite CMYK Printers193
Ink Limiting196
Black Generation197
Profiling Printing Presses200
Don't Profile the Press?!202
Profile the Press Once203
Optimized or Standardized Press Behavior204
Intentionally Non-Linear205
Profiling Multichannel Printers207
Checking the Map208
Chapter 9Evaluating and Editing Profiles: Color Orienteering209
Judging the Map210
Viewing Environment210
Counting Photons213
Evaluating Profiles216
Checking the Display217
Input Profiles225
Measurements to Pixels and Back225
Objective Objectives227
Output Profiles255
ColorThink Pro262
Edit, Reprofile, or Update?266
Where Do We Go from Here?268
Part IIIApplications and Workflow269
Chapter 10Color Management Workflow: Where the Rubber Meets the Road271
What Is Color Management Workflow?272
When to Convert275
Conveying Color Meaning280
Premature Binding281
Terminology: Tagging, Assigning, Embedding, and Assuming282
Workflow Within a Program285
Soft-Proofing Basics291
Workflow Between Programs295
Workflow Into and Out of Color Management296
Fear of Embedding301
Understanding Workflow303
Chapter 11Color Management in the Operating System: Who Does What to Whom, When?305
ColorSync and ICM307
Mac OS 9308
Mac OS X Panther (10.3.x)311
The Generics315
QuickDraw, GDI, and Quartz317
Color Management in Applications324
Color Management in Printer Drivers327
Color Management in Scanner Drivers337
East Is East, West Is West339
Chapter 12The Adobe Common Color Architecture: Color Management in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator341
Color Settings-Command Central for Color342
Manual Assignments and Conversions356
Color Managing Imported Graphics360
Simulations and Soft-Proofing365
Adobe Camera Raw375
The Same, But Different379
Chapter 13Color Management in Macromedia FreeHand 10 and 11: Capable But Quirky381
FreeHand's Color Preferences382
Manual Assignments387
Be Careful392
Chapter 14Color Management in CoreIDRAW 10: It Manages Everything But Its Own Files393
Color Management Preferences394
Manual Controls400
Strengths and Weaknesses404
Chapter 15Color Management in QuarkXPress: Incremental Improvements405
Turning It Off406
Turn Off QuarkXPress 3 CMS (Mac OS Only)406
Built-in Color Management407
Color Management Preferences411
Manual Controls414
Hard Proofing419
Compass Pro XT419
The 800-Pound Gorilla421
Chapter 16Color Management and PDF: The Wave of the Future423
The Flavors of PDF424
Distiller 5430
Acrobat 5438
Distiller 6441
Acrobat 6444
InDesign CS Export PDF448
Third-Party Stuff453
The Wave of the Future455
Chapter 17Automation and Scripting: The Smart Way To Be Lazy457
Why Automate?457
Color Servers458
DeviceLink Profiles464
Prepress Solutions468
In-RIP Color Management473
The Automation Trade-Off482
Chapter 18Building Color-Managed Workflows: Bringing It All Together483
The Four Stages of Color Management484
Determining Your Needs490
Workflow Tools494
LAB-The Great Normalizer497
Final Analysis502
One Pixel's Journey502
The Devil Is in the Details507
Part IVAppendices509
Appendix AProfile Anatomy511
Appendix BWorkflow Templates523

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