If you could leave color management to the pros, you probably would. But with the proliferation of desktop systems and devices, everyone (regardless of role) is expected to get color right these days—and to do that, you need to know about a lot more than just tools and software. Lucky for you, this hands-on guide delivers, describing precisely how to apply color consistently and correctly across various hardware, software, and output devices using a Windows-based workflow. By matching color workflow to color use (for example, photography and image capture, page layout and content creation, and output to desktop or press), author and color management pro Josh Weisberg distills a complicated process into its need-to-know essentials. Whether you're an artist, illustrator, designer, photographer, or hobbyist, the series of illustrated steps, instructions, and advice contained in this full-color volume will have you mastering color management in Windows XP environments in no time.
The goal of this book is to help you successfully implement color management on Windows XP. There are numerous books that describe color management from a theoretical or technical point of view, but they fail to help you solve the basic problem of color management, which is how to make it work. This book is a step-by-step guide to setting up practical color-management workflows that actually work, using popular graphics and imaging applications and real-world scenarios.
Each exercise in this book is designed to help you learn how to implement color management from start to finish, beginning with creating profiles and configuring Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, and other applications and moving on to producing final color using a full-fledged color management system.
If you are new to color management, it will be helpful to start at the beginning of the book and progress through each chapter sequentially, since each chapter builds on information learned in previous ones. If you are already familiar with the basics of color management, you can start with any section and focus on that topic.
Regardless of your skill level, this book illustrates how to make color management work, from profile creation and setup of key applications to printing and proofing images and documents.