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True Colors – Managing Color & Quality in Digital Photography Workflows


#2 ebook in the series Color in Photography and Digital Imaging. This interactive PDF ebook on managing color is named True Colors, describing what we aim for when we reproduce an image without randomly changing its colours in print or on the internet. It's all about preparing images in Photoshop so that reproduction becomes predictable and optimal. Replacing the earlier Essential Color Management ebook, this is a much more comprehensive book. It teaches you to up your game for quality and efficiency, and deliver the best work possible to your picture editor, printer, client or for the ultimate showcase – your published work!

114 page
All levels

About this ebook

This Gry Garness ebook, True Colors – Managing Color & Quality in Digital Photography Workflows, is a 114 page interactive PDF ebook all about achieving colours that stay ‘true’ in print and on the internet, without any surprising changes. This ebook focuses on managing color in image files through the workflow of Shooting > Processing > Manipulation > Reproduction. It’s a natural follow-up to The Hidden Colors and it continues where that book left off. Delving into the more practical and technical aspects of controlling your color images and delivering top quality retouching jobs.

This ebook covers much debated issues such as choosing the right bit-depth for each job, the best file format, colour profiles, working spaces, using DNG profiles,  mismatch handling, understanding conversions and deciding when to make them. It also covers all the issues on calibration and profiling but deals more in-depth with image handling than profiling. The ebook is based on Gry’s real-world experience and aims for the highest image quality, while responding flexibly to less ideal client and repro-scenarios, especially in today’s pressurised turnarounds.

The human factor is central because most mistakes in the colour workflow are made by people – not computers! However, the chapter on Communicating Color also covers how colour translates and communicates digital-to-analogue, to print and ink, paper, lighting, viewing and the many aspects of Colour Management that are non-digital.

CMYK and press is covered in a way that is easy to understand with tips on how to hand over files to clients and printers and how to communicate with them. There’s an overview of printing options and even an overview of print-on-demand options. Preparing images for internet browsers and color managing for the web is an essential part of the Reproduction chapter. The last chapter deals with the assessment and viewing of your work.

What you’ll learn

  • Chapter 1: Communicating Color
  • – Human Colors vs Computer Color
  • – How Computers Define Color in Bits and Bytes
  • – 8-bit and 16-bit
  • – Bit Depth and File Sizes in Photoshop
  • – Other Modes and Bit Depths
  • – Defining a Single Color
  • – Measuring a Mosaic of Pixels
  • – RGB Mode = Red Green Blue
  • – CMYK for Print
  • – The CIE Lab Model
  • – HSB = Hue Saturation Brightness
  • Chapter 2: From Input to Output
  • – Scene vs Picture
  • – Capturing the Color
  • – Shoot-out Comparison
  • – Processing RAW Files
  • – A Brief Look at Camera Profiling
  • – Using the DNG Profile Editor
  • – File Formats and Saving Files
  • – The Trouble with Boosting Color
  • – Planning for the Output
  • – The Image Consumer’s Point-of-View
  • – The Five Aspects of Color Control
  • Chapter 3: The Five Aspects of Color Management
  • – A Flawed Color Workflow
  • – A Realistic Color Workflow
  • The First Aspect: Calibration
  • – Calibrating Input from Cameras
  • – How the RAW Calibration Works
  • – Profiling Input from Scanners
  • – Calibrating the Working Environment and Your Eyes
  • – Viewing Within Applications
  • – About Calibrating Screen Displays
  • – The Screen Calibration Process
  • – Inkjet Printing
  • – About Printers and Profiles
  • – Printing and Testing Printer Profiles
  • – Calibration Solutions
  • The Second Aspect: Color Settings and Color Working Spaces
  • – The Interaction of Color Spaces
  • – The Practicals of Photoshop Color Settings
  • The Third Aspect: Working with Image Profiles
  • – Some Common RGB ‘Flavours’ for Spaces & Profiles
  • – Some Alternative RGB Profiles
  • – Assigning or Converting to a Profile
  • – Photoshop’s ‘Ask when Opening’
  • – Colour Color Couleur
  • – What Happens in a Conversion?
  • – The Rendering Intents
  • – Inside the CMYK Conversion
  • The Fourth Aspect: Responsible Color Adjustment
  • – Two Tools for Checking Color Gamut
  • – Proofing Setups
  • – What to do with Out-of-Gamut Color?
  • – Color Adjustment and Proofing Video
  • The Fifth Aspect: Communication With Clients
  • – Strategies for Client Love
  • – Aim Prints, Proofs and Read Me
  • – Where do the Files go from here?
  • – Those who Finish the Job Video
  • – Color Management Do’s & Dont’s
  • Chapter 4: Reproduction, Print and Proofing
  • – Reproduction for the Internet
  • – Internet Browsers
  • – Printing with Inkjets
  • – Inkjet Cross-Rendering
  • – Raster Image Processors (RIPs)
  • – More Types of Printing for your ‘Personal Work’
  • – Going to Press
  • – A Few More Details on Printing
  • – Proofing – Just a Little Bit More!!
  • – Paper Qualities and Base Color
  • Chapter 5: Assessment and Viewing
  • – Your Setup for Screen Viewing
  • – Print Viewing
  • – Light Qualities
  • – Assessment
  • – Famous Last Words