Book descriptionColor Management for Photographers: Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users, by Andrew Rodney, addresses the difficult subject of color management in a way that can help you get real work accomplished. This is the first book that moves beyond esoteric color management theory and detailed explanations of how things work to explain how to achieve a desired effect with step-by-step instructions so you can get on with creating and printing successful images. Complete with what-button-to-push-when explanations, this guide will help you navigate color management and further solidify comprehension of techniques with self-paced tutorials that enable you to practice what Rodney preaches. This practical, learn by doing approach is enhanced by the accompanying CD-Rom which includes sample files for practice as well as tutorials and software.
Written with the photographer in mind, this book is also a great hands-on guide for graphic designers, those in prepress/print and, more generally, the majority of people who feel color management is too difficult. This book will help to explain this difficult concept in terms you can understand so that you may control and enhance your photographic vision.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Color Management and Why We Need It
- Why This Book Was Written
- How the Book Is Structured
- Being a Photographer Isn’t Necessary
- My Pipeline (Work Flow) Philosophy
- If in Doubt, Test, Test, Test!
- Color Management System (CMS) and Why We Need It
- Digital Images Are Just Numbers
- The Pixel
- What Is Light, What Is Color?
- Color Models and Color Spaces
- Device-Dependent Color Spaces
- Device-Independent Color Spaces
- RGB versus CMYK, and What’s the Fuss about LAB?
- A Brief Look at Color Management in the Past
- Desktop Color
- Open Color Management Systems
- Color Management versus Color Correction
- Calibration versus Profiling
- Generic versus Custom Profiles
- Color Gamut
- Color Translation
- Rendering Intents and ICC Profiles
- Converting/Transforming and the PCS
- Anatomy of an ICC Profile
- Where ICC Profiles Live on Your System
- Reasonable Expectations from Color Management
Chapter 2 Photoshop and Color Management
- Photoshop before ICC Color Management
- Photoshop’s ICC Color Architecture
- A Divorce of the Display
- Display Using Monitor Compensation
- Working (Editing) Spaces.
- Working Spaces Up Close
- Which Working Space?
- Which Working Space?
- The Bottom Line—Numbers, Previews, and Conversions Are All in Sync
- Color Management in Photoshop Can’t Be Turned Off!
- Document Specific Color
- Photoshop Color Settings
- Other Color Management Commands and Options
- Working by the Numbers
- Common Mistakes
- Chapter 3 Building Display Profiles
- Chapter 4 Building Scanner Profiles
- Chapter 5 Building Camera Profiles
Chapter 6 Building Printer/Output Profiles
- Building Profiles—An Overview
- Spectrophotometers, Colorimeters, Scanners, Oh My
- Calibration and Printer Profiles
- Target Data and Reference Files
- Optical Brighteners
- Do You Need a Raster Image Processor?
- Metamerism and the Printer Profile
- Printing Grayscale and B&W Images
- Building Printer Profiles: What Products Are Available?
- Cross Rendering
- Profile Editing
- Profile Editors: What Products Are Available?
- What to Expect from Profile Editors
- Evaluating Your Hard Work
Chapter 7 Printing to a Press
- Why Photographers Need to Understand Prepress
- What Should You Supply?
- The Contract Proof
- Profiling the Press
- SWOP and TR001
- CMYK and Black Generation
- What to Do When You Can’t Target Your Output
- Spot, Process, and Pantone Colors
- Page Layout Applications: When and Where to Apply Color Management
- Multicolor Profiles
- When Not to Embed an ICC Profile
- Prepping Files for Clients and Printers
- What to Show Your Clients
- What Is an RGB Pipeline?
- Chapter 8 CMS Utilities
Chapter 9 Tutorials
- Tutorial #1: Photoshop’s Color Picker and Color Model
- Tutorial #2: Color Documents and Color Appearance
- Tutorial #3: Rendering Intents
- Tutorial #4: RGB Working Space
- Tutorial #5: Color Policy
- Tutorial #6: Assign Profile versus Convert to Profile Command
- Tutorial #7: How to Handle Untagged Documents
- Tutorial #8: The Photoshop Soft Proof
- Tutorial #9: Print with Preview
- Tutorial #10: Testing Your Display Profile
- Tutorial #11: Using Photoshop to Build Simplified Camera Profiles
- Tutorial #12: Making a Printer Test File
- Tutorial #13: Evaluating Your Output Profiles
- Tutorial #14: UCR/GCR Settings
- Tutorial #15: Preserve Color Numbers and CMYK Files
- Chapter 10 Case Studies
- Web Sites
- Title: Color Management for Photographers
- Release date: August 2005
- Publisher(s): Focal Press
- ISBN: 9781136107092
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