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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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A Quick Overview of Color Management

It’s a challenge to modify your monitor’s display to simulate ink on paper. It involves color management, which is the science of profiling one device (such as a monitor) to match another device (such as a press). Profiling is the process of using specialized (and often expensive) equipment to evaluate devices such as scanners, monitors, proofing systems, and presses to determine the color characteristics of each device. Once these characteristics are known, the information can be used by software such as Adobe Photoshop to display an image onscreen in a way that more realistically represents how the image will appear when it is printed. Implementing color management is not cheap, it’s not easy, and it’s ...

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