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

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16. Color Management and PDF: The Wave of the Future

“Once upon a time, there was a great ... no wait, wrong story” is often Chris’s initial thought when the subject of PDF arises. So much promise, so many problems (just like color management, sometimes), but anything worthwhile usually involves a fair bit of work. Over the years, PDF has been touted as the solution to so many different problems—as Bruce likes to say, “it’s a dessert topping and a floorwax”—that it’s often been hard to figure out just what it is good for.

PDF workflows can bring numerous benefits and numerous pitfalls, most of which we’ll ignore in this chapter. We won’t attempt to compete with the variety of excellent books and primers on PDF; instead we’ll simply give you a ...

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