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Real World Color Management, Second Edition by Fred Bunting, Chris Murphy, Bruce Fraser

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5. Measurement, Calibration, and Process Control: “The Map Is Not the Territory”

Whether you attribute the above quotation to British artist Ralph Rumney and the Situationist International movement, or to Alfred Korzybski, the father of general semantics, you probably didn’t picture either of them slaving over a hot spectrophotometer or wrestling with rendering intents. As far as we know, both were blissfully unaware of color management. But the quotation contains an important lesson for would-be color managers: just as the map is not the territory, in color management, the profile is not the device. If your map doesn’t reflect the territory accurately, you’ll get lost, and if your profiles don’t provide an accurate description of your device’s ...

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