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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Now so far in our conversation about color management and about calibration we have talked about how we can use these calibrator assistants to create a profile for our monitor, to create this tag so to speak. Yet all these fall short just a little bit, because it's kind of like holding up that T-shirt and saying, yeah I think it's a medium and then putting a Medium tag on it. Well, I think it's a Large and then putting a Large tag on it. Well, if you really want to take things to the next level, so to speak, if you want to get out the measuring tape to actually measure something, you need to get a calibration system that will do that for you.
Now here I have a snapshot of my desk, and you can see this thing hanging on my monitor. That's called a Colorimeter, and this particular one is put out by X-Rite, it is called the Eye One Calibrator. It's a really good calibrator. You can see that what it's going to do here is it's going to actually measure color coming off of my monitor. It will then measure that color and it will create this super intelligent profile for my monitor. That will then increase the clarity of the communication between my monitor and my printer. Now this is pretty good entry-level calibrator and I definitely recommend it.
If you are interested in taking things a little bit further, I want to show you another calibrator. I don't have a screen grab of this, but I have some images from ColorMunki's website showing this next on, and this is ColorMunki. This is actually what I'm doing all of my color management with now. One of the reasons I like this is I have the ability to have this colorimeter on my monitor. It can also create a printout and then I can measure that printout. So it's working to create profiles for my monitor and my printer. Now this particular system works really well. It's an all in one system. Now, of course, is it going to cost more than the other system? Yes. Now you may be thinking, okay Chris, this idea of having a Colorimeter is really great but I just don't have the resources for it right now. Well, that's fine. All I'm saying is this is something you definitely want to eventually invest in, because in the long run it will save you incredible amounts of time and money because it will increase the clarity or the communication between multiple devices.
Well, a quick couple of closing thoughts for you. At the end of the day what we were trying to do is clarifying the communication between the monitor and the printer. Now, one of the things that's essential is that if you are going to calibrate your monitor, you need to calibrate it at least once a month. Now I know people that do it more frequently, you are going to need to determine how frequently you are going to actually need to do it, but you want to set this on your calendar. You want to have a rhythm to calibrate in your monitor and again I know other people that do this once a week and other people who do it even more frequently. Then if you don't have a calibration system, my recommendation to you is to begin to save. Now you don't have to get the ones that I have recommended. I'm simply trying to point out a couple that I have used, and the couple I have used with great success. My hope for you is that you have that same success so you can create photographs that are stunning and compelling and engaging.
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