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Part: Four Output, Manage, and Present > From Capture to Monitor to Print

Chapter Twelve. From Capture to Monitor to Print

Once you've photographed and optimized your image, the moment of truth arrives. It's time to put ink to paper to produce a print. For many photographers, the look and feel of the final print is in their mind's eye as they are pressing the shutter release button. The final print completes the experience of the image. If it isn't just right, the photographer won't be happy, and won't be enthusiastic about sharing the image with others. What defines that perfect print? If you've optimized the image, a perfect print matches what you see on your monitor and conveys what you envisioned when you took the picture.

Many photographers get frustrated when they can't produce prints that match the image on their monitor. Fortunately, there are tools to help you achieve a close match between the monitor image and the final print. Even with the variations our choice of print media imparts—such as changes in contrast, saturation, and texture—we want the colors in our prints to be consistent and accurate. These issues all fall under the category of color management.


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