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Chapter 2. Photoshop Color > Color management

Color management

Problems with color can creep up on you when various hardware devices and software packages you use treat color differently. For example, if you open a graphic in several different imaging programs and in a Web browser, the colors in your image might look completely different in each case. And none of those programs may match the color of the picture you originally scanned in on your scanner. Print the image, and you will probably find that your results are different again. In some cases, you might find these differences slight and unobjectionable. But in other circumstances, such color changes can wreak havoc with your design and turn a project into a disaster.

A color management system can solve most of these problems by acting as a color interpreter. A good system knows how each device and program understands color, and it can help you move your graphics between them all by adjusting color so that it appears the same in every program and device. A color profile is a mathematical description of a device’s color space. Both Illustrator 10 and Photoshop 7 use ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles to tell your color management system how specific devices use color.


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