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Chapter 19. Preferences > What is color management?

What is color management?

Color management helps to ensure consistent color between screen and final output. Color management is necessary because each device, whether it's a monitor or a printer, defines color within its own unique color range (gamut) when it represents or reproduces color. A monitor can't display, nor can a printing device output, all the colors in the visible spectrum. Color management systems aim to coordinate and match color between various device gamuts—from monitor color (RGB) to final print output color (CMYK). If color on a source device (monitor or scanner) is within the gamut of the destination device (printer), then color matching is straightforward. If color on a source device is outside the gamut of the destination device, then the color management system adjusts the color (alters its hue, lightness, or saturation) to match color between devices.

From The Horse's Mouth.

The "Guide to Color Management and Prepress" booklet that comes with QuarkXPress 4.0 explains color management issues in depth.



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