Color 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
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
Open Color Management Systems
Color Management versus Color Correction
Calibration versus Profiling
Generic versus Custom Profiles
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
Chapter 3 Building Display Profiles
CRTs and LCDs
Calibration, Then Profiling
What to Set and What to Expect
Other Areas to Watch For
When Print and Display Don’t Match
Viewing Images Outside of ICC-Savvy Applications
Chapter 4 Building Scanner Profiles
Scanning the Target
Scanner Settings for Optimal Data
Building the Scanner Profile
Tweaking the Profile by Tweaking the Target
Getting Scans from Outside Sources
What Products Are Available?
Chapter 5 Building Camera Profiles
Digital Camera Files
Input (Scene)-referred versus Output-referred Data
RAW or Rendered RGB?
Photographing the Targets
Building the Profile
When Camera Profiles Go Bad
Adobe Camera RAW and Color Management
What Products Are Available?
Chapter 6 Building Printer/Output Profiles
Building Profiles—An Overview
Spectrophotometers, Colorimeters, Scanners, Oh My
Calibration and Printer Profiles
Target Data and Reference Files
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?
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
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
Apple’s ColorSync Utility (OS X only) (Mac OS X)
ColorSync and AppleScript (Mac OS 9/Mac OS X)
GretagMacbeth Eye-One Share
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