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Before You Use QuarkCMS

Before You Use QuarkCMS

If QuarkCMS is so great and wonderful, why would you ever not want to use it? There are lots of reasons, from speed to consistency. Before I dive headlong into how to use Quark's color management system, I want to discuss a few things that you should consider about the process.

Performance

When QuarkCMS transforms a color to look right on your screen or your proofing printer or your final output device, the color gets processed. That takes time. Sometimes a lot of time. Imagine converting a 30 Mb image from RGB mode to CMYK mode in Adobe Photoshop. It takes a while, doesn't it? QuarkCMS can't do it any faster than those programs can, and that's just what it's doing when you print an RGB TIFF from QuarkXPress with QuarkCMS turned on. And it has to make that conversion every time you print.


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