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Color Management

Color management is the process of producing accurate, consistent color among a variety of input and output devices. In Windows, the color management system (CMS) maps colors between devices such as scanners, monitors, and printers; transforms colors from one color space to another (for example, RGB to CMYK); and provides accurate onscreen or print previews.

Because each printer, monitor, and scanner has slightly different color characteristics (such as hue, tint, saturation, and brightness), how is this issue handled? Normally, it's not. Most people out there in the computing world simply plug in their equipment and go. When you print an image on your inkjet printer, you take what you get. Or you adjust the image in some application such as Photoshop, knowing that your printer requires bumping up the blue range or the red range. Some printers come with color adjustment software of their own, as do some monitors and/or video display cards. One of my cards from ATI (the All in Wonder Pro) has very nice color adjustment software. All I must do is print an image, hold it up to the screen, and adjust the screen color to match. Now I know that what I see is what I'll get.


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