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Chapter 14. Printing Artwork and Produci... > What is color management?

What is color management?

Color-matching problems result from various devices and software using different color spaces. One solution is to have a system that interprets and translates color accurately between devices. A color management system (CMS) compares the color space in which a color was created to the color space in which the same color will be output, and makes the necessary adjustments to represent the color as consistently as possible among different devices.

A color management system translates colors with the help of color profiles. A profile is a mathematical description of a device’s color space. This is also referred to as a device’s color gamut, the range of color that it can interpret. Obviously, there will be some devices capable of seeing more color (or having a larger color gamut) than others. This is why Adobe applications use ICC profiles, a format defined by the International Color Consortium (ICC) as a cross-platform standard to keeping color within a device’s gamut.


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