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Introduction

Mention the words color management to some designers, and you can see them visually cringe at the thought, while others will nod their heads and smile. Color management has changed a lot in the last few years, standards have been set up, and Adobe is at the forefront of this new technology. No longer do you have to fear color management, because Adobe Photoshop CS has taken all (or at least most) of the guesswork out of the equation.

When you work on a computer monitor, you're viewing color information in the RGB (red, green, and blue), additive color space. When you move into the world of the 4-color press, you're viewing color information in the CMYK, subtractive color space. While a standard color press uses 4 colors, in reality, CMY (cyan, magenta, and yellow) are the opposites of RGB. A press, to generate a true black uses the K plate (K stands for black). Monitors can display RGB colors very differently; when you factor in monitor resolutions, and the different types of monitors in the marketplace, what you see on a computer monitor is seldom what anyone else sees on their monitors. And that's not all, everyone that owns a computer, has the ability to adjust or calibrate the colors on their monitors, further confusing the issue.


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