Color ConfidenceThe Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management
Color Confidence is a practical, results-oriented book that gives photographers the knowledge they need to manage color effectively from capture to output. Digital imaging expert Tim Grey designed this book for busy photographers who want to get results without wading through tons of information about color science—-distilling the most important concepts into real-world use. He teaches only the theory that photographers must know to understand how color management works, and focuses on the practical information they need to make decisions when working with their images: the actual processes that achieve the best results possible. In this new edition of the very first practical guide to color management, readers will find out how to quickly get predictable color results across all devices--from cameras, monitors, and printers, to scanners and raster image processors (RIPs). Updated with new information on Photoshop, RIP technology, and calibration, this results-oriented book is a must for all serious photographers.
Introduction. Chapter 1: Foundations provides a foundation in color theory that will help you better understand color, how it is produced, and how color management works. Chapter 2: Photoshop Setup helps you configure Photoshop properly and shows you what the various dialog boxes and warning messages mean. Chapter 3: Display guides you through the process of selecting an appropriate monitor, as well as the process of calibrating and profiling that monitor. Chapter 4: Scanning shows you the features to look for in a film scanner and demonstrates how to produce the best scans possible, including the use of custom scanner profiles. Chapter 5: Digital Capture details the various options available for producing the most accurate color in your digital captures. Chapter 6: Optimization offers techniques for getting the best color in your images using Photoshop, so that you can produce exactly the colors you are trying to achieve in your images. Chapter 7: Output demonstrates the methods available to produce prints that match your monitor, the “Holy Grail” of color management. Chapter 8: Workflow puts all the color management pieces together, providing a summary of the basic process involved in putting color management to work for you.
"...a must-have for the successful imageer..." (Advanced Photoshop, July 2006)
Tim Grey is the author or coauthor of eight books on Photoshop and digital photography. He presents workshops around the world on topics related to digital imaging for photographers and regularly contributes articles to Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, Digital Photo Pro, and many more print and online publications. He also publishes a daily e-mail list, "Digital Darkroom Questions," in which he answers digital imaging questions from enthusiasts and pros.
"Color Confidence is one book that no photographer, especially me, can afford to be without!" —Art Morris, Photographer www.birdsasart.com Now includes RIPs and the latest calibrators! Managing color photography in the digital age is tricky. Is it possible to get predictable color without bogging down in technology? In this new edition of the very first practical guide to color management, digital imaging expert Tim Grey gives a resounding "yes" and provides the crucial information you need to get the color you want, every time. Clearly explaining color management workflow, he distills the process for the real world—from capture to output. You'll find out how to quickly get predictable color results across all devices—from cameras, monitors, and printers, to scanners and raster image processors (RIPs). Updated with new information on Photoshop®, RIP technology, and calibration, this results-oriented book is a must for all serious photographers. Inside, you'll discover how to: Calibrate your monitor quickly and accurately Configure Color Settings in Photoshop for the output you need Scan for best results, starting with choosing the right scanner Use a RIP for faster quality printing Select the proper color working space—RGB, CMYK, spot color, or others Manage your digital camera capture with presets and custom profiles Adjust color levels, curves, and hue Solve the magenta problem and other saturation issues Set up custom, canned, or generic printer profiles Produce color-accurate images for printers, the Web, e-mail, and slideshows Understand color workflows—Scan-to-Print, Digital Camera-to-Print, and more
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