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The Manual of Photography and Digital Imaging, 10th Edition by Sophie Triantaphillidou, Elizabeth Allen

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Chapter   | 25 |

Digital image workflow

Elizabeth Allen

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IMAGING CHAINS AND IMAGE WORKFLOW

The management of digital images through an imaging chain is a complex operation. The huge range of options available in terms of hardware, software, file formats and image-processing techniques mean that there are many decisions to be made during the passage of the image from acquisition to output. These decisions affect the way the image is processed, which will ultimately define the number and visibility of artefacts produced, and therefore the overall image quality.

A generic digital imaging chain is illustrated in Figure 25.1. Input and output devices vary widely in technology and characteristics; therefore, ...

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