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Chapter 1. Color Management Fundamentals > Why Does the Problem Exist?

Why Does the Problem Exist?

Before the desktop publishing revolution, professional craftsmen controlled the entire reproduction process. They were well trained, they used proprietary imaging systems, and they charged a lot of money. Creative professionals like designers and photographers didn't have to worry about the details of how their vision came to life—but they also didn't have much control over the process and the final outcome.

Desktop publishing changed all this by giving control to designers, illustrators, and photographers. The desktop computer eliminated the complexity of using a computer, and applications such as Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop brought electronic publishing tools to the masses. Today, extremely high-quality color imaging hardware and software is more than affordable, and consumers and professionals alike are producing their documents and images “in-house,” which in some cases, literally means in their own houses. But one element remains elusive for those seeking quality and consistency: color. Those looking to manage their own color workflow must become experts in color reproduction, or else go crazy trying.


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