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Chapter 5. Color Settings: Configuring P... > Photoshop 6 and the Monitor

Photoshop 6 and the Monitor

To display color accurately, Photoshop needs to know how your monitor behaves—what color white it produces, what sort of tonal response it has, and what actual colors it produces when it's fed pure R, G, and B. Photoshop gets all its information about the monitor from an ICC profile. If you want the color on your monitor to be accurate, that means that you must have a customized ICC profile that accurately describes the behavior of your monitor. (Making a profile for your monitor is called “characterizing” it.) And since monitors drift over time, you also have to calibrate them to make sure that the profile still describes them accurately. In theory, calibration and characterization are two distinct processes—calibration actually changes a device's behavior, while characterization simply measures and describes—but in practice, monitor calibration and profiling packages combine the two processes.


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