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Chapter 9. Photoshop Color Management > What is Color Management?

What is Color Management?

The term “color management” has been known to strike fear into the hearts of even hard-core Photoshop professionals. Starting with Photoshop 5, the program offered a great deal more control over the process of ensuring that an image looked the same onscreen as it did on paper. Photoshop 6 simplified the process considerably and made it more versatile, but it remains one of the most misunderstood aspects of Photoshop. Photoshop 7 continues the trend toward simplification.

It should be noted that the depth and breadth of this subject cannot possibly be covered adequately in this arena. Creating custom CMYK profiles using a densitometer, the peculiar characteristics of third-party color spaces, the nuts and bolts of each hardware calibration system available—these subjects are far too broad to be covered in the space available. This chapter explains the concepts and theory of color management and looks at the application for the mid-range user. Print facilities and service bureaus that work with high-end glossy publications will find the theory here useful, but might require additional resource material.


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