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CMYK 2.0: A Cooperative Workflow for Photographers, Designers, and Printers by Rick McCleary

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Chapter 4. The Color Management Primer

The Color Management Primer
 

“What we’ve got here is...failure to communicate.”

 
 --Captain in Cool Hand Luke

COLOR MANAGEMENT IS a system of communication. It allows color appearance to be communicated clearly and accurately from file to file, from device to device, and from partner to partner as an image makes its way through the RGB-to-CMYK workflow. Clear and unambiguous communication leads to predictable color. When color goes bad, it’s usually the result of a failure to communicate.

A firm understanding of color management is essential to being a collaborative workflow partner. It is fundamental to fulfilling our role as Guardians ...

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