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Real World Digital Photography, 2nd edition by Tim Grey, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann

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Understanding Limitations

The most important thing to understand about color management is the inherent limitations of monitors, inks, paper, viewing conditions—even our own moods as we work on an image. We're all looking for prints that perfectly match our monitor display, but that goal is unattainable. Monitors and the printed page use very different methods of displaying an image. Monitors glow with light, producing an incredibly luminous image, similar to what you see when you view a slide on a light table. Prints, on the other hand, depend on reflected light for their illumination, and they will never have the same colors and luminosity as a monitor.

You also need to consider how the specific ink and print media you're using will affect ...

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