Understanding Color Management

Color correction and color management (CM) are two of the most important, and simultaneously most complex, aspects of digital photography. As we stated earlier, the goal of color management is to ensure that the photo you view on your monitor (and that of any other user using color management) accurately matches the print produced by your printer or your chosen printing service. Color management techniques help to reproduce colors as faithfully as possible across a broad range of devices. Although identical reproduction is often impossible due to the ways various devices produce color, you should at least be able to broadly predict the final, printed color when viewing color on your monitor.

The ability of a color-managed application to display the colors and the mood of a print is called soft proofing. Hard proofing describes the process of producing a real print using your chosen inks and paper. Print labs often use cheaper paper and printing techniques for their proofs unless the client specifies otherwise.

For an in-depth introduction to color management, we recommend [14] and [15].

For more on "soft-proofing", see section 3.9 on page 82.

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