Color Management Fundamentals

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Color Management Fundamentals

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So we've gone through the entire course, but there are more steps that you can take. You've seen the basics. You've seen how putting a color workflow into place is going to save you time, it's going to save you frustration and money. You've also seen the problems that can occur if you decide to leave it all up to chance. Having a color workflow in place will make you more efficient and help you to get accurate results consistently. If you're printing for yourself, no more wasted paper and ink. If this is your profession, you'll have happy employers and happy clients.
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  1. 2m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 15m 33s
    1. Understanding color spaces
      6m 0s
    2. Ensuring that you have the best possible image at capture
      4m 25s
    3. Understanding tools required for color management
      5m 8s
  3. 8m 6s
    1. Exploring what happens without color management
      3m 6s
    2. Understanding the basics of color workflow for photographers
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding the basics of color workflow for design and the web
      3m 12s
  4. 9m 43s
    1. Setting up a digital camera for the best image file
      3m 56s
    2. Exploring the benefits of custom camera profiles
      5m 47s
  5. 16m 7s
    1. Choosing a monitor, the window to the digital world
      2m 28s
    2. Understanding why you can't trust your eyes
      2m 31s
    3. Calibrating a display using ColorMunki Display
      6m 42s
    4. Calibrating a display using i1Pro 2
      4m 26s
  6. 9m 31s
    1. Understanding and choosing color settings in Photoshop
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding color workflow in raw applications, including Lightroom, Aperture, and Capture NX
      2m 50s
    3. Setting color standards for the Adobe Creative Suite
      3m 15s
  7. 54m 15s
    1. Choosing the best printer
      4m 37s
    2. Exploring the benefits of custom printer profiles
      3m 29s
    3. Comparing factory printer profiles to real-world printer profiles
      5m 31s
    4. Creating a printer profile with ColorMunki Photo
      5m 45s
    5. Creating a printer profile with i1Pro
      5m 13s
    6. Understanding color gamut and rendering intents
      3m 20s
    7. Soft proofing images in Photoshop
      6m 18s
    8. Getting prints that match the image in the soft proof
      3m 4s
    9. Soft proofing for lab printing and for the web
      3m 41s
    10. Soft proofing in Lightroom and other raw processing applications
      6m 16s
    11. Choosing the right fine-art paper
      7m 1s
  8. 2m 44s
    1. Next steps
      2m 44s

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Watch the Online Video Course Color Management Fundamentals
1h 58m Beginner Sep 26, 2013

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Having a consistent color management workflow can help you accurately get prints that match the image on your monitor. In this course, follow along with Joe Brady as he takes you through the basics of color management for photography, design, and the web. First, you'll learn about the different color spaces (CMYK, ColorMatch, and sRGB) and how they influence your color workflow, and the tools you need to achieve accurate color. Then learn how and why to calibrate your camera and your monitor, configure the color settings in applications such as the Adobe Creative Suite and Aperture, and choose the best printer and paper for your style of artwork. Along the way, Joe takes you into a typical studio setup for lessons on the gear you need for at-home calibration and printing.

Topics include:
  • Understanding color spaces
  • Understanding the color workflow for photography vs. design and web
  • Setting up a digital camera for the best image results
  • Choosing a monitor
  • Calibrating a display using ColorMunki or i1Pro 2
  • Choosing color settings in Photoshop
  • Understanding color workflow in raw processing applications
  • Creating a custom printer profile
  • Soft-proofing images for printing on your own printer and for sending to a lab
Subjects:
Design Photography
Author:
Joe Brady

Next steps

So we've gone through the entire course, but there are more steps that you can take. You've seen the basics. You've seen how putting a color workflow into place is going to save you time, it's going to save you frustration and money. You've also seen the problems that can occur if you decide to leave it all up to chance. Having a color workflow in place will make you more efficient and help you to get accurate results consistently. If you're printing for yourself, no more wasted paper and ink. If this is your profession, you'll have happy employers and happy clients.

We've reviewed a lot of tools that you can use for accurate color, including calibration equipment, the color charts for custom profiles, why a monitor is an important piece of your work flow, choosing a printer, and even choosing a paper for your final output. We've seen how to put it all to work. We discussed color in Photoshop, in Lightroom, in the rest of the Creative Suite, and in other applications. So now you see where all the color decisions are made. Then lastly, we've talked about delivering the final image. We've covered custom color profiles.

We've gone over creating accurate images on your printer, getting accurate images if you're going to to send out to a lab. And getting accurate images if you're producing something just to be viewed on the web. But this is just the beginning. You've learned the tools and techniques to begin putting your color workflow into place. You may have been following some of the steps and now you have the complete picture. Spend some time becoming more proficient with your equipment, your cameras, your software, your printers. Learn their capabilities and even their quirks.

Don't let your gear get in the way of you creating an excellent image. Experiment and observe, try new adjustments and software, see what your camera can do. Try some new printer papers, and most of all, never stop learning. Explore the many wonderful courses on lynda.com, search the web, attend seminars and workshops. You have the opportunity to create something really beautiful and few things are more satisfying. Let's take a look a couple of resources that are available to you. If you're interested more in learning about the gear, X-Rite Photo is a great place to go.

There are tutorials, videos and detailed step-by-step techniques on how to put them all to use. If you're interested in learning more about paper and profiles, and how to put them to use, visit ilford.com. On lynda.com, as I mentioned, there is a wealth of information on everything that we've talked about and much more. For example, here we see a whole series of courses on retouching, printing photos, including one specifically on Inkjet Printing for Photographers, and dealing with Camera Raw in all the softwares we've talked about.

I hope you've enjoyed the course and I hope to see you online soon.

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